Helping Kids Cope with Big Feelings: Spotlight on Spirituality for Kids International

Guest Blogger, Genevieve Lowry 

As children return to school in the fall they may be experiencing more than just the first day of school jitters. Social isolation, institutional strain, and economic hardship have contributed to increased mental health challenges among children and adolescents.  After a year of changing school environments and routines, isolation, loss, and uncertainty children will require time and space to recover and relearn to trust not only in the systems and adults who care for them but also in themselves. Children will need opportunities that build confidence and self-esteem lost to a year of unprecedented challenges that have left them unsure of their own light that shines from within. 

Spirituality for Kids International Inc. (SFK) is an educational non-profit that builds social-emotional learning (SEL). SEL content and programs equip children with the tools to adapt, grow and learn the life skills needed to face adversity and challenges. After a year like no other children need opportunities to explore interests, identify strengths, and tap into the support that will help them to feel safe again. Through evidenced and asset-based curriculum, videos, and hands-on activities, SFK teaches children viable ways to tap into their inner strengths and see their true potential. Using a unique and immersive learning experience, SFK strives to support children and those who care for them in home, school, and community settings by strengthening relationships, developing self-awareness, and teaching tools for responsible decision making. 

Over the past two years, I have had the opportunity to work with the team at SFK reviewing materials and videos that help children trust in themselves, learn to recognize their own gifts, and identify helpers who encourage children to become all they can be. I have found them to be innovative thinkers and always open to fresh ideas. Their new short-form video series is no exception. SFK wants to know what parents, caregivers, and professionals think about their videos and accompanying materials. They are requesting you watch the following videos and answer a short survey in hopes to acquire data that will help the organization to know if they are hitting their mark

A shooting Star

This is an inspiring small story about big feelings and a loss of a loved one. And how to find the power within to overcome, stay true to yourself, and find inspiration.

The concepts in this lesson covered in the video and activities are:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Managing big feelings
  • The Light is always present
  • What others say or do is not in our control
  • Being my true self

Click Here for the Shooting Star Activities: PDF

Take the Survey and let us know what you think.

Learn more at SFK.org and follow on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

Helping Kids and Teens Through Transitions: Free Digging Deep Webinar

Periods of transition during the back-to-school season can sometimes be a little daunting for teens (and for us adults, too!). Those can be anything from starting a new school year, moving up to a new school building when transitioning to high school, or moving to a new school district. Or, for recent high school graduates, starting a new year in college and beginning a whole new phase in life.

Here is a little reminder to check in with the child in your life and ask what they are feeling this back-to-school season. How are they feeling about the start of a new school year? Are they having feelings of excitement, anxiety, or maybe both? What can we adults do to help make this the best time it can be?

Join us for a free webinar focused on supporting kids through life transitions. Learn how to promote flexible thinking and a growth mindset so that they can feel confident in their ability to deal with whatever life throws at them.

Click Here to Register 

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Helping My Kids Cope with a Learning Difference

I was honored to be featured as a podcast guest with Child Life on Call. This is my second appearance and the focus was on supporting my children through their learning differences of ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and coping with anxiety.

Like many, parenting through the pandemic and adapting to distance learning wasn’t easy. My youngest, Blake struggles with dyslexia and dysgraphia. He was doing really well in school and with outside support prior to the lockdown. As soon as he had to go online to finish his second-grade year, his confidence went down the tubes.

I also witnessed my oldest, Gavin who has dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, and struggles with anxiety become overwhelmed with his middle school curriculum online.

As a parent, I have had to learn to navigate the special education road. Learning terms like Individual Educational Plan (IEP),  baseline assessments, and understanding my children’s legal educational rights. 

Take a listen to our story and share it with others who are coping with learning differences.

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