Contributed by Lisa Butera, Middle School Guidance Counselor
As hurricane Irma approaches, we are all making preparations to stay safe and take care of our loved ones. This time brings anxiety and uncertainty to all of us, including the youngest members of our family. It’s hard to escape the reality of the situation when it’s on every channel and news outlet. While as adults this is a difficult situation to process, let us remember that our children may also be struggling to understand and navigate a wide range of emotions.
Here is a great article that offers ideas and ways that you can talk with your children, as well as get them involved in the planning process. It’s important to note that each of us deals with stress and uncertainty in different ways, but identifying the emotions, being thoughtful in our responses, and empowering them in small ways, we can better support our children as they work through these feelings.
We are here as a school community and, as always, feel free to reach out and let us know how we can help. Prayers to all of our families over the coming days.