Teachers and parents can conduct this grounding exercise with children or young adults by asking these five questions:
What am I grateful for today?
Who am I checking in on or connecting with today?
What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today?
How am I getting outside today?
How am I moving my body today?
What beauty am I creating, cultivating, or inviting in today?
Grounding exercise suggested by Dr. Crystal Broussard, LCSW, Clinical Assistant Professor, Tulane University School of Social Work
TIPS FOR PARENTS & GUARDIANS
As other ways to provide a sense of calm and predictability to children, caregivers can:
Prepare an adjustable schedule (i.e. work/schoolwork time, games, meals, FaceTime® with relatives, exercise).
Create work spaces and study spaces for family members.
Limit exposure to stories about COVID-19 to a minimal number of times daily AND from expert sources (i.e. CDC, family doctor).
Unplug from technology and work and being fully present for mealtime and family time (i.e. game night or prayer time).
Monitor reactions and responses to children (i.e. revisit a conversation when appropriate).
Tips suggested by Dr. Maurya Glaude, LCSW-BACS, Professor of Practice, Tulane University School of Social Work