How often have you heard people, including me, describe children as resilient? The truth is, children typically are a little more resilient than the average adult - but only to a point. Each child has their own end point to resiliency where they need our support. I have learned this as a father over the course of the past two months. My children are typically pretty easy going kids who are motivated learners and who have good friends they can connect with. With that being said, I have noticed over the course of the past two months with all the changes they have faced in our home district, they have been struggling at times emotionally at home and tend to be more “on edge” and incapable of dealing with minor issues that arise. What I have learned as a father is that all children have an end point to their resiliency. Some will tell us, some will tell friends, and some will hope that we as parents can identify their needs through our interactions. They need us to find out so we can listen and support. They need to be able to be real with us without worrying about how we will respond. My encouragement to you as we move into 2021 is to make sure that you take time to check in with your children. Ask them how things are going. Ask them what they are looking forward to and what they are worried about. Ask them what makes them feel happy and/or what makes them feel sad. Then listen. Listen intently. Listen with undivided attention and without a time limit. Listen without defending or gasping. Listen to how they are experiencing life right now and listen for ways they want your support. It may be as simple as more consistent 1-1 time with you. It may be more complex like addressing a worry about family finances or arguing that is taking place more often at home. It may require you to reach out to a social worker and/or counselor for help. Don’t be afraid of what may come out of your child’s mouth. Knowing is healthier than not knowing. Also, keep in mind this works for us adults as well. I wish everyone the very best start to a new year!
Students of the Day were selected this week for showing their Alpine BEST. Please join us in congratulating:
Dominic Bobbitt, 5th Grade
Lezli Hoffer-Cooke, 4th Grade
Bene Oldfield King, 3rd Grade
Gunnar Reich, 3rd Grade
Nallely Vazquez Macias, 3rd Grade
Emmanual Rodriguez Vasquez, 2nd grade
We know that the holiday season can put a strain on family resources and mental health. If you are in need of support in any way (clothing, food, housing, counseling, etc.), please reach out to our KSSN school coordinator, Stephen Lovell, and he is available to assist you.
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