Updated: September 25, 2020 05:40 PM
Created: September 25, 2020 12:44 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The University of Rochester Medical Center is partnering with schools during the COVID-19 pandemic to teach parents to effectively communicate with their kids as they go through this transitional learning period.
"I have a junior and senior, and I find myself having to take a step back and kind of going retro where I’m planning out," parent representative Sherri Armstrong said. “I don't want to call them playdates because they're seniors, but I’m making arrangements for them to see their friends."
Armstrong said her first tip during this time is parents should take a step back and realize their kids need to socialize.
"I’ve had to make arrangements for them to have virtual interactions with their friends and make it okay to visit with friends, or even have a couple of friends come on over," Armstrong said.
Mental health counselor Aliyah Patterson said getting organized and daily communication between parents and teachers with students is key for success and their mental health.
“Really check in with your kids about their moods and help them find a way to keep track of their moods on their own," Patterson said. "So, some kids might write things down in a journal, and some things that can be really helpful are mood-tracking apps."
According to Patterson, fostering a relationship between adults and their students during the pandemic is the foundation of learning that will help students thrive during this period.
"[The] last tip is just to make sure that kids are engaging in self-care,” Patterson said. "So sitting in front of a computer and doing school work all day that can get really draining right and then they have homework to do after so make sure that they continue to engage in activities that they enjoy and things that they like to do."
Panelists said as long as your child or student sticks to a consistent routine during the pandemic, they should be able to keep up with their learning and stay on track.
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