Welcome to a place where you can get answers to questions you may have always wanted to ask! Please do not ask any question specific to your child, but we are happy to answer any general questions that can hopefully put your mind at ease or make things run more smoothly at home.
We will choose one question a month to answer, and you will find the answer on this page. Included here as well, will be articles for parents to read and feel supported as we navigate parenting in these modern times.
In the subject line please put: PARENT QUESTION
QUESTION OF THE MONTH:
Our school nights are pretty busy and my child seems to take a long time to unwind. Do you have any tips to help for this?
COUNSELOR RESPONSE: Establishing a consistent bedtime routine is key. This routine will trigger your childs brain to know it is time to unwind for bed. Even if your nights are busy and you might get home at different times on different days, keep the routine the same.
*Once your child is in bed, they can practice a calming mindful activity called the "Squeeze and Release".
1. Lie on back and breath in three, slow, deep breaths.
2. Notice your feet. wiggle your toes. Imagine they have a warm, golden glow. Squeeze the muscles in your feet tight. Hold...and release.
3. Move yourt attention up your legs. Now they are glowing a warm golden glow. Squeeze your leg muscles tight, hold and release.
4. Now imagine the warm golden glow moving up your body from part to part.
5. Slowly squeeze and release each golden body part one at a time-tummy, arms, shoulders, neck and face.
6. When you finish, take three soft, slow, mindful breaths and feel your body sink into the bed beneath you. Let yourself peacefully drift off to sleep.
The BEST of parents can "lose it" from time to time. Our world is busy and we are all tired at the end of the day.
See if any tips here can be helpful ( and don't forget to check out our Mindfulness Practice page as well!)