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This Wednesday, June 10th, at 10 am we will be discussing how to reasonably adjust our expectations about what is next amidst a year of change.  What will summer look like?  What about the fall?  How will coworkers and I function at work?  How will I give myself reasonable goals and expectations so that I am still caring for me?
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Talking to Your Children about Social Unrest
The recent protests in cities around the U.S. have caused concern for everyone, and children can become anxious or confused as they hear of societal unrest in the news, especially when in their own community. Here are a few tips for talking with your kids about these recent events:

Talk. Have age-appropriate conversations with your kids about the events.  Ask them what they’ve seen and heard and what questions or concerns they have. With small children, acknowledge that some scary things have been happening and that you will be there to keep them safe. Don’t feel pressured to get into overly detailed discussions about the events unless the children raise the issues, and then be careful to focus primarily on addressing and soothing their fears. If children are concerned for loved ones who may be in impacted areas, assure them that they will do all they can to keep themselves safe. For older children and teens in particular, this can also be an opportunity to talk more about topics such as racism and how societies address social unrest.   

Limit the media. With younger children, make sure you are in charge of their media exposure.  Following high-profile national events, we are surrounded by reports about these incidents everywhere we go. It’s good for everyone, and especially children, to have limited exposure to news reports since this can increase anxiety and concern. Children are especially impacted by violent images, so protect kids from graphic television reports or images on social media as much as possible.

Try to maintain a normal routine. For younger children in particular, try to keep daily routines as normal as possible to provide a sense of security and normality. If you are in an area directly impacted by unrest,  communicate your family’s safety plans calmly and clearly to children to help reduce their fears. Stay current with media as you need to be to stay informed but resist the urge to have television news on continually as this can overexpose kids, and yourself, to frightening images.

Watch for signs of distress. If your children express significant anxiety, have trouble sleeping or show other signs of distress talk with them about it. Some unsettledness is a perfectly normal response but if this continues you may want to consult with a counseling professional or the EAP.

If you feel it would be helpful, talk to your family, a counselor, a friend, or even your doctor about how stress is effecting you and your family and what some of your options for improving things are.  Find support for yourself in this effort.


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Communication Across Generations
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