Stay-at-home orders around the world have positively impacted the Earth by lowering pollution levels and allowing wildlife to return to their natural habitats. Although this is extremely beneficial to our environment now, many countries are already starting to return to the status quo, reopening factories and driving wildlife back out. The quarantine has provided us with an opportunity to fix our mistakes, and if we do not take advantage of it, we may never get it again.
We’re all tempted to take a “mental health day” now and again. However, knowing when it is truly necessary for you and your children to take a day to relax and reset is imperative to get the most out of the experience. As parents, you know your children best, and if you see that their behavior, mood, and/or motivation are consistently and significantly different from what you typically see, it may be time to take a break. Once you realize the time has come to reset as a family, here are a few things you can do to make the experience as beneficial as possible:
I was tucking in my daughter before bed and, just before turning out the lights, she uttered four of my favorite words: “Do you remember when?” Like a magic portal, they transport you through time and polish the cloudy mirrors of distant memories. Suddenly small moments, chance happenings, long forgotten silly jokes, and unexpected events solidify into shared experiences that become monumental. They strengthen our connections as a family, as a community, and as humans.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic upended our lives, media sources have directed us to identify and manage “stress” in ourselves and our children. We have been at this new normal for a while now and while stresses remain, we are also realizing there is still a long way to go. And with that realization can come grief.
As a former Peck parent, current Peck grandparent, and a Peck employee, there are so many things that I miss right now, living in the midst of a global pandemic.
In this episode, we are exploring art in turbulent times and the ways in which art influences community and fosters resilience. Upper School Art Teacher Scott Beil is managing to carry on teaching during this time of social distancing without the wonderful tools and resources of his Peck art studio.
As we live under stay-at-home orders during a global pandemic, the allure of the screen has never been more apparent. Screens can be great tools to help manage all the simultaneous responsibilities that now confront us—however, excess screen time can have a negative impact on students’ attention and social-emotional functioning, as well as their ability to sleep at night.