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it is a snowy April 10. Hi everyone! I'm here with Tanishia Johnson and Jessica Lewis from Roc the Future and I think one of the things I'm excited about for this interview is I don't know people really realize all the amazing partnerships Golisano Children's Hospital has and that includes with Roc the Future. Maybe you've hard of the name, maybe you haven't, but Jessica let's start with exactly what you guys do, which is a lot! yes, absolutely, so Roc the Future is a cross sector partnership bringing together partners who care about children to improve academic success. We know that what kids require is all hands on deck and so we know that the school district can't do it alone to educate our youth. It's going to take everyone to play an important part to make sure that our kids are successful. All right: playing an important part. We're all playing new roles now whether we are a parent, whatever that role is we're all trying to sort of figure that out and define it. Tanishia, let's talk about some things that you know people can do at home and I want to stress practical things people can do at home. Because some people must have huge goals right? And then are like "I don't how to do that!" So where do you start? The first thing I would say is be gentle with yourself. This is a day-by-day, moment-to-moment abnormal new normal that we're all trying to adjust to right? So I think at first when I came home to work remotely I had all these big big goals. The children would be on a schedule. I would be on a schedule. Everything would work in the same order it would like as if we were home for the summer. We have a rigid schedule in the summer. So I think the first thing I would say is ditch this schedule. Maybe come up with a few things that you and your children can agree to at home. Because they're also, children are also dealing with this pandemic crisis in a way that is different from what adults are experiencing right? They don't understand what's really going on they're limited with their social interactions with their friends. Their, you know there school life if they were in a traditional school setting. That whole process is interrupted. So some of the things that parents can do is sit and have a conversation with your kids. Engage and play and do the small things that will allow you to feel like you're celebrating a level of success. So that may look like giving you some reading time together, talking together as you're straightening up, or cleaning up. Engaging in and singing together. Pulling back away from what's taking place online in terms of some of the messaging that we're seeing to protect your own mental health as well as your children's mental health because a lot of it can get into your psyche because the news is not all that positive more recently. And I would say definitely the self-care so get some fresh air with your kids as much as possible even if it means just opening your door, or going outside for a few moments to get some fresh air. Taking the time together to just do the little things that maybe you couldn't get in before. So the way that looks for us is we're doing more board games. we're playing Uno. We played hide-and-go-seek in the house. We've cooked together. We've done some of the smaller things that we would take for granted because we didn't have a lot of time and we would squeeze those things in. right! So the practical things - you know - really depending on how the family structure is, could be anything from agreeing that for this amount of time of day engage in some schoolwork, to let's look at some school work together, to let's read together or watch a movie and talk about what things came up for us in watching that movie. So all of those things I think being as for parents as gentle as you can in this process. We tend to beat ourselves up a lot as parents, and so we feel as though "oh we didn't check every single email that came from the schools." A lot of parents are getting inundated with email and we need to cut ourselves a break a little bit more, because this is not just as if we're on a Spring break, Winter break or a Summer break where you can predict how your Summer or break is gonna look. These are so unpredictable right now so I think the number one piece of advice I would give to parents is give yourselves a break. Be in the moment with your children. Get some self-care in for yourself, whatever that looks like, and taking the time to really get the interaction in with your family, and conversations on how everyone's adjusting. Because there's so much adjustment taking place, even though we've been being where we are for the last several weeks. It's really, as I'm talking to parents, this week in particular has been tough, and parents are getting to a place where "okay we've been at this for two weeks now, we're in week 3 and I'm having a challenge with coping with structure. My kids are off the rails. They're getting on each other's nerves." If you have more than one child, that sibling stuff that you see, it starts to show up, and I think it's important that, you know, we're paying attention to our own mental and emotional health and being okay attending to what's coming up for us and what's coming up for our children. We don't always think of the importance of play, I mean sort of with the museum we have in town, you know hopefully people have gotten that message. But Jessica you're hearing that message that we need to remember how important play is. Yes play is so incredibly important just as Tanishia mentioned. You know sometimes you have to take a break. People are going a little bit stir-crazy now that we've been in the house for a few weeks so allow your children that time to be physically active. Take away the iPad. Take away the tablet. You know you can minimize some of the screen time so that kids can get physical and if you go to Roc the Futures' website we have a number of resources available to give parents ideas on different activities that their children can participate in to incorporate play. And I know we just said "put the iPad down for just a second" but when people want some resources, you mentioned some there, but you also have a Facebook page that has been pretty successful at these times too, Yes, absolutely, and so Tanishia: she's our family and community empowerment specialist and so she is our lead on our parent Network which we affectionately called PECAN: the Parent Engagement Collaborative Action Network, and so what she did along with you know other members of that team was to create a Facebook page so that parents can get immediate resources right at their fingertips, you know whenever they need it and so we keep that page stocked full of information related to COVID-19 and to give people just different ideas during this time because sometimes you know you're not always thinking okay "what can I do with my kid while I'm trying to work?" you know, so here's something that's right at your fingertips that you can get quickly. Thinking about that right now I'm so glad they've been quiet for this interview! Thank you for being a reassuring voice, voices for us, and putting those resources together. We'll link to them at the bottom of this. Ladies thank you so much and be well! Thank you you too stay encouraged

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