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Chill Out!

There has been a lot of focus on academics as of late. Is my child falling behind? When will my child return to in-person learning? Why are they teaching long division this way?! While these are all important questions, unfortunately, something else has been pushed to the backburner; children's emotional well-being.

As adults, it has been challenging to have so many things taken away from us so quickly; nights out, dinners with friends, casual window-shopping, and of course, a feeling of safety. Children have also lost a lot, but without a complete understanding of why. And now that the world is finally starting to get back to a new normal, children are once again caught in the whirlwind, which can be a scary feeling! It is crucial we do not forget about the mental health of our children. 

Let's look at some tips on shifting focus onto the emotional health of children. 


1. Daily mental health check-ins

Make mental health check-ins part of your daily routine. Check-ins can be during breakfast, as you are tucking your child in at night, or even after their school day has wrapped. For younger children, create a visual chart with faces that your child can look at when deciding how they feel. Having a visual representation helps your child to understand how they are feeling in that moment.

2. Find a mindfulness activity

Even children can benefit from mindfulness to help them clear their heads and focus on the present. Find a mindfulness activity that works for you and your child. This might be yoga for kids, deep breathing, coloring, or nature walks!

3. Be open to questions and conversations about COVID

Changes are coming quickly: Vaccinations, relaxed restrictions, and school reopenings. These changes may cause confusion or even anxiety in children. It is essential to ask your child if they have any questions and understand why these changes are happening. Remember to keep the conversation kid-friendly and age-appropriate.

4. Get Moving

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children, ages six and up get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Active play can help to boost children’s mood by working off any anxious emotions or feelings. It can even lead to a better night's sleep!

5. Bansho lessons for social and emotional learning

Bansho features awesome lessons that focus on children's emotions and mental health in an exciting way! Join Balance Kids Yoga for fun yoga lessons or express yourself through art with Eddie Crafts! Bansho has curated a special playlist focusing on emotional health! Come and "Chill Out" with Bansho!

*If your child's emotional well-being has been significantly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, visit your local pediatrician.




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