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Persevering in School During a Pandemic:

Pioneer Center’s Behavioral Health Expert Provides Tips to Help

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As students head back to school, remotely or in-person, anxiety is high. Parents are making sure their children understand the importance of wearing a mask and helping with complications from e-learning. Kids are trying to social distance from classmates, while others are worried about learning math through a virtual lesson. We are entering the 2020 school year with new rules in a high stress environment.

“As a behavioral health expert and a mom of school-aged children, I have a deep understanding of the emotions that many families are experiencing,” explains Erin Brumfield Grima, Director of Behavioral Health for Pioneer Center. “I know the uncertainty of the school year is hard to navigate and I would like to provide some tips to help,” adds Grima.

1. Be KIND to yourselves, you are doing the best you can. We may not all agree on the decisions made, but we can work through it and show our kids how to be resilient.

2. Take ACTION, by keeping a schedule for our kids. Even with remote learning, having consistent bedtimes, wake up times and mealtimes signals that things are in order.

3. Be THOUGHTFUL about how much pandemic information you consume. Try not to pass all of your emotions to your children, parents need to demonstrate there is a way to manage life, amid lots of change and uncertainty.

4. Please seek SUPPORT to process feelings you cannot manage on your own. There are mental health agencies in every community, ready to help and many provide telehealth sessions.

If you or your children are experiencing stress and need help, please call us at (815) 759-7048. Pioneer Center can help you and your family navigate through the school year.

Please text Pioneer to 57838 for important updates and to donate to this vital McHenry County organization visit: https://www.pioneercenter.org/donate.

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