Earlyopenoften.org contains shareable child protection resources designed especially for families, with tips on how to start sensitive conversations and reinforce safety rules.
In light of tragic events around the world, parents may wonder, “How do I talk about this with my child?” We are sharing this article from Ritamaria Laird, MA, LCPC, NCC, a leading expert in pediatric mental health in Chicago, as it may help you tackle this tough topic.
Here’s a great article by Sara Goldstein at parent.co with tips on how to engage your child after the school day.
Please take some time to review the school’s bullying policy. As I go into your child’s classroom the paper form of this policy will come home. Please review it with your child(ren) and then sign and return it to school the next day.
Additionally, here is a link to a bullying prevention resource: www.stopbullying.gov. Voilà le site web du Ministre de l’Éducation contre le harcèlement à l’école: www.agircontreleharcelementalecole.gouv.fr.
Anxiety is a normal response to something dangerous or stressful. It becomes a problem when it shows up at unexpected times and takes a particularly firm hold. When anxiety is in full swing, it feels awful. Awful enough that anticipation of the feeling is enough in itself to cause anxiety. Read more here…
Children want to see the parades at Mardi Gras and catch throws. But, although the crowds along St. Charles Avenue are family-friendly they can be heavy. You don’t want your kids running around trying to catch throws and getting lost or stepped on by others vying for the beads and such.
New Orleanians have Mardi Gras ladders specially designed for safety. They are made by bolting a Mardi Gras seat on top of a 6-foot ladder. Here the little ones can watch the parade safely. They not only see better, they stay put.
By law, these ladders must be placed as far back from the street as they are tall and to keep them steady always have an adult standing on the back.You can make your own or buy a seat at any hardware store in the New Orleans area.
General Safety Tips
Another helpful tip is to understand that transitions involve a sense of loss: A loss of fun. A loss of spontaneity. Or a loss of my house.
Generally, when a child feels a sense of loss s/he feels a loss of control. A beneficial strategy is to help the child gain a sense of control. So how do you do that?
Tools for Empowering Your Child:
Another helpful strategy for reducing the stress of changes is to create a ritual. Family rituals help your child adjust to change. A ritual can be simple or elaborate, used daily, weekly, or once a year. The reason that rituals are important is that rituals help make the world predictable and the repetition helps kids feel more secure when transitions are occurring.
Rituals that Help with Transitions:
Change also increases a child’s anxiety level because there is a loss of the familiar and the uncertainty of the future so finding safe, healthy outlets for a child’s anxiety is important, as well. Teaching your child how to soothe him/herself and providing calming activities will be a great help.
Ways to De-Stress:
In summary, there are many useful strategies that you can use when your child is faced with a transition, large or small:
Test anxiety can be a big problem— often, students know the material but have trouble demonstrating that they do. Visualization Boosts Confidence is a relaxation technique that boosts confidence and allows students to recall information with accuracy and ease.
How does Lycée Français approach bullying? The School Counselor will conduct presentations on bullying, self- esteem, communication, and conflict resolution; organize group sessions; read personal responsibility books; and/or talk one-on-one with the student(s). All interventions provided by counselor will be age appropriate for student and their grade level.
All students will be taught the (STOP) Method – a conflict resolution method in order to empower student to use their words in order to express self and create boundaries on how others may treat them. Learn more about the Lycée Français bullying policy and the STOP method.
Hello out there!
Welcome to back to school for our experienced families and welcome to our family to our new families!
My name is Angel Werner, I am the full time school counselor on staff here at Lycée Français. I am very excited about this school year.
Below are some helpful websites for topics that may be an issue with the start of a new school year. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me. I am available!
Sleep in School-Aged Children (6-12 Years)
Preparing Your Child for Elementary School
5 Tips for Dealing with Anxiety about Starting School
Translation for children—“Breath in blue skies, breath out gray clouds.”