Dear Parents/Guardians,

As our school moved to sudden online learning, we understand that parents and caregivers may be challenged to keep children healthy and occupied at home.
Please take a few minutes to read the information provided here. It will provide you with some helpful tips to calm fears, manage stress and keep a normal routine, as much as possible.

1. Keep routines in place
The experts all agree that setting and sticking to a regular schedule is key, even when children are at home most of the day.
During the time that children are engaging in online learning it may help to print out their school schedule and go over it with them each morning.
Whenever possible, try to make sure kids still have some structure — for example, getting up, eating healthy food and going to bed around the same time every day.
Consistency and structure helps us all feel safe and calm during times of stress and uncertainty.

2. Be creative about new activities — and exercise
Add new activities into your routine, like doing a puzzle, having family game time in the evening or even preparing a meal together.
As we are not in a complete lockdown situation, build in activities that help everyone get some exercise safely, for example, going for a walk or bike ride or flying a kite in the park. These are great ways to let kids burn off energy and make sure everyone is staying active.

3. Manage your own anxiety
It is completely understandable to be feeling anxious right now, but how we manage this anxiety has a big impact on our children. Try to keep your worries in check and avoid talking about your concerns in front of the children. Maintain your sense of perspective, engage in solution-focused thinking and balance this with mindful acceptance. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, give yourself some time and space to relax by taking a warm bath, going for a walk, or having a warm drink.

4. Take a break from media
Staying informed is important, but it’s a good idea not to expose ourselves and our children to news and social media that has the potential to feed your anxiety. Instead, watch with your children some interesting documentaries, or funny movies.

5. Stay in touch virtually
Keep your children’s support network strong, even if you’re only able to call or text friends and family. While socializing plays an important role in regulating our mood, it may not be easy at the moment. You can let kids use social media (within reason) and Skype or FaceTime to stay connected to their friends. Communication can help them feel less alone. It may not be the ideal, but it helps us all feel closer and less stressed.

6. Make plans
Social distancing, staying out of designated forbidden areas, and postponed regular activities can be scary events because they are out of our control. At this time, it’s important to be proactive about what we can control. Make some nice plans for a fun activity together with your family (as listed above). Making plans helps you visualize the near future with positive feelings. Hope, positive perspective and problem solving can all help children cope and increases their resilience.

7. Keep kids in the loop — but keep it simple
The best way to help children understand what’s going on around them, is to talk to children in a clear, reasonable way. We must remember that children need to know what they understand according to their age. Not every little detail is important for them.

8. Check in with children
Most of the time children don’t reflect on how they are feeling when something unexpected occurs. They may still feel unsettled by the changes in routine, or pick up on the fact that people around them are worried and upset. It will be helpful to check in periodically with them and give them the chance to process any worries they may be having.

9. Ask for help
As adults, there are moments that we struggle with the uncertainty the pandemic is causing. Don’t forget to be kind and flexible to yourself and find a balance that works for your family. If you feel that it is hard to cope, ask for help. The goal should be to stay safe and increase our resilience as this pandemic shall soon end.

10. Continue to enjoy life
The sun is still shining. Spring is here with colors and aromas. Children are still laughing. People are still producing great work and aren’t losing hope.

Let’s continue enjoying our life, doing our best every moment and feeling grateful.

Together is Better!

For more guidelines or support, please feel free to contact me at:

Maria Hadjicharalambous BA, MA, ECP
PSES School Counselor
Psychologist/ Family Psychotherapist




1. 保持日常作息

2. 创造一些新活动和体育锻炼
由于我们并没有处于完全封锁的状态,因此可以开展一些活动来帮助每个人安全地进行一些锻炼,例如散步、骑自行车或在公园里放风筝。 这些是让孩子消耗能量并确保每个人都保持活跃的好方法。

3. 管理自己的焦虑

4. 暂时不看媒体报道

5. 保持联系

6. 制定计划

7. 让孩子参与其中——但要保持简单

8. 与孩子进行沟通

9. 寻求帮助

阳光依旧灿烂。 春天来了,色彩缤纷,香气四溢。孩子们还在笑。人们仍在努力地工作着,并没有失去希望。让我们继续享受生活,每一刻都尽力而为,并心存感激。

Together is Better!


Maria Hadjicharalambous BA, MA, ECP
PSES School Counselor
Psychologist/ Family Psychotherapist