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Social Emotional Learning at Home

Ways parents can incorporate social emotional learning while watching TV shows and movies with their kids.

While it is important not to spend all day in front of the television or a tablet, a little screen time isn’t bad AND parents can do some social emotional learning while they watch together!  Here are some questions parents can talk about.

  1. What were some of the choices that the characters made? Which were good choices? Which were bad choices?
  2. How do the characters feel? How can you tell what their feelings are?
  3. Which characters were friends? How did they show friendship to each other?
  4. Did any of the characters get really upset? What did they do to take care of or cope with their feelings?
  5. Did the characters change at all during the show? Why do you think the change happened?
  6. What would you do differently if you were one of the characters?

The Importance of

During These Crazy Times

Studies show that humor has the power to reduce fear and anxiety and help us manage disappointments.  This pretty much sums up what this pandemic has us all feeling. Teachers are stressed, parents are stressed, and students are stressed.  We can let the things that we can’t control make us feel terrible or… we can laugh.  We are not laughing at the seriousness of COVID-19 or the lives that have been impacted by this terrible virus, but at all the wild experiences we have had over the past year. Toilet paper shortages, crazy mask faces and teaching grandparents how to ZOOM are all part of this unforgettable year. The words social distancing and quarantining became part of our everyday language and we have a new appreciation for washing our hands.

Psychologist and author Brian King states that laughter provides relief when times are tough, improves our mood, and helps the body calm down. King tells us that the “primary benefit we receive from laughing is lower levels of stress hormones.”  

Laughter helps us build resilience and releases endorphins which are the body’s “feel good” hormones.  We can find laughter so easily these days.  There are books, sitcoms and movies, podcasts and of course, social media.  With all the family time that the pandemic has provided us with, there is definitely laughter to be found in our children, pets and all the fun times shared by loved ones. So when you feel like you have just about reached your boiling point, take a deep breath and just start laughing. It won’t change the situation but it will certainly make you feel a little bit better.

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