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Tips for Elementary Schoolers

Tips for Parents/Caregivers During Uncertain Times
Coping with Stress
The way you feel affects the way you handle dealing with other people, including your family. These are stressful times we are living in. When a parent is stressed, they are more likely to respond to their children in less consistent ways. You may find yourself quick to explode or raise your voice more than you used to. Find ways to manage your stress. Set realistic expectations during this time. Life doesn’t have to be perfect. Make a coping plan of actions for any stressful situation. Visit the CDC for recommendations on Managing Anxiety and Stress during the COVID-19 outbreak, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
Supporting your Partner
As more and more families are adapting to the recommendation of working from home, schools transitioning to distance learning, and stress related to the current COVID-19 outbreak, it is more important than ever to prioritize supporting your partner. Parenting is easier when parents work together. Communication is the most important aspect of working as a parenting team. Visit the Center for Parenting Education for more information on “Partners in Parenting.” https://centerforparentingeducation.org/library-of-articles/focus-parents/partners-parenting-working-together-team/
Chores
Elementary school aged children are ready for the responsibility for regular chores. Consistent chores help children learn self-discipline, how to apply themselves to a task and how to help with the running of a household. Select age appropriate tasks to ensure success. To learn more about age appropriate chore ideas, visit https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/age-appropriate-chores/
Fears
It is normal for children to fear. Most fears are mild and easy to overcome but for some children, their fears can be debilitating. Be sure to talk to your child about their fears and teach your child coping strategies. Overcoming fears does not happen over night but with encouragement and coping mechanisms, children can learn to feel comfortable. For more information on coping strategies for children, visit https://www.verywellfamily.com/coping-skills-for-kids-4586871
Homework (Distance Learning)
A new challenge many families in Greenville are facing is "homework" and distance learning. All of a sudden, parents are faced with helping their elementary school student with school work at home. Be sure to set a regular time and place for your child to do his/her school work. Help your child get started but allow them to ask for your help when they need it. Visit http://www.greenville.k12.us for information about e-learning in Greenville County.
Additional COVID-19 Resources in our Community

Mill Village Farms Foodshare. Mill Village Farms has a COVID-19 relief plan where they are offering a fresh food box for $5 for people in crisis. (Flyer in Spanish)

United Way of Greenville County. United Way is coordinating services with local nonprofits and community leaders to provide support for Greenville County's most vulnerable neighbors during this critical time, such as food, shelter and access to basic healthcare needs.

South Carolina Department of Social Servcies. South Carolinians who need financial assistance may be eligible to receive help through the Department of Social Services' Assistance program including Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food and Nutrition Programs, and the  SC Voucher Program.

Hispanic Alliance (Alianza Hispana). Hispanic Alliance has collected community resources in Spanish. 

NAMI Greenville. The mission of NAMI Greenville is to improve the quality of life and treatment for those who suffer from mental health conditions and their families members through education, support, and advocacy. Their inperson classes and support groups are temporarily suspended however they are hosting online support groups through Zoom: A Family Support Group and a Connection Support Group. 

South Carolina Emergency Management Division. To stay up to date on the latest offical news for South Carolina, be sure to visit www.SCEMD.org regularly.  

Free Prescription Savings Card - English

Free Prescription Savings Card - Spanish.

 

Mental Health Resources

USA Today published an article about online mental health resources. Below are the links included in the article.

Talkspace - Connect with a licensed therapist from the palm of your hand, and experience the most convenient, affordable way to improve your mental health. Talkspace is offereing free therapy for impacted health care workers and discounted therapy for everyone during COVID-19. 

BetterHelp - Making professional counseling accessible, affordable, convenient - so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime, anywhere.

Wellnite - Their mission is to make high-quality mental healthcare accessible to everyone regardless of zip code or insurance coverage. Wellnite is offering free mental health coaching sessions to help individuals cope with anxiety and/or depression during COVID-19 crisis. 

AbleTo - A leading provider of virtual behavioral health care. AbleTo has created a resource page with tips, videos and links to help during COVID-19 crisis

National Crisis Hotlines:

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) helpline: 1-800-950-6264
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Disaster Distress helpline :1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66745
  • Crisis Text 24/7 support: Text HELLO to 741741
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (4357)