I did an online talk last night via zoom with a primary school in Dublin. The talk was organised by the Parent’s Council and was attended by over 40 parents, teachers and after-school workers. The aim was to look at how to support the mental health of the family during this really difficult lockdown. It covered issues such as recognising distress, how to talk about emotions and mental health with children, maintaining motivation and managing conflict.
There was really positive engagement from parents throughout the session. The opportunity to share experiences and ideas with others who are finding ways to cope with challenges of lockdown was clearly of benefit.
The school principal’s contributions demonstrated how much care and concern she and the teaching staff have for the students. They are ready and waiting with open arms for the return of the children to school, whenever that may be. It was heartening to hear that wellbeing will be the priority for the school, to enable the children to feel ready to learn, before they push on with the curriculum.
Much of the feedback after the session highlighted that parents felt cared for and acknowledged by the school and the Parents Council because they had facilitated the talk. For myself, it was lovely to see such a strong school community in action, connecting and supporting each other despite being apart.
If you are interested in arranging a talk or workshop for your school community, get in touch!
“Such a great initiative – and incredibly helpful. So reassuring to have validation from the school that we, and the kids, are doing ok. Also really lovely to have that connection with the school community. Really appreciated this talk – thank you Jen!!” -comment from parent