It’s Still Summer – LET’S GET OUR HANDS IN IT!
As we move through the remaining weeks of summer, teachers and parents think ahead and know the upcoming school year will not be easy. How could it be?
We’ve all been traumatized to some degree by the pandemic. I’ve been working hard this summer on my new book, Trauma Informed Art in Early Childhood. Researching the effects of trauma on families has made me particularly aware of grief and loss. We’ve lost a lot these past two years. Children are confused and grief stuck but they don’t have words to express it. That’s where art comes in, as a way to help us get through this.
Teachers will greet many traumatized children when classrooms open up again this Fall. It’s a scary thought. How will we help them feel safe and ready to learn, when we are still trying to find our own balance?
No wonder “adulting” often feels like too much.
We also know our own ability to stay calm, focused and “self-regulated” is the single biggest factor in our children’s ability to feel safe. That doesn’t mean we need to be perfect (yee gads, no!) but it does urge us to continue finding new ways to replenish our well. Seriously…the world needs us now more than ever, and we can do this!