In the past two weeks in the Counselor’s Hub section of The Buzz, I have written about reflection and how important it is to end the year well.
Endings are important for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it often frames how we look at the future.
As we approach the end of this COVID-19 interrupted school year, I want to again emphasize these critical areas for social and emotional growth and stability.
Life's most important lessons are learned through reflection.
Creating a year-end reflection seems to be essential this year. Allowing your child to reflect, share, and even document their feelings about this time in an open-ended way can serve as a reflection of learning, as well as documentation of a once-in-a-lifetime event.
In terms of emotional closure, we can provide meaning by looking to the past and also to the future. I think two simple questions for discussion can do the trick: 1) What was your most positive memory from school this year? 2) What are you most looking forward to this summer?
By doing so, we help them remember that the world was once better than it is now and that it will, once again, be better in the future.
Covid-19 did not get the best of us - it made us closer.
Have a wonderful summer vacation and I hope to see you in fall. Thank you for your support and I hope that you have enjoyed the parenting tips and the social and emotional articles in the Counselor’s Hub section of The Buzz this academic year.
Yours in Support,
You can reach out to our School Counselor, Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org.