Second, attend to well-being and mutual support among adults

  • All educators, community partners, parents, and others who touch the lives of young people are also experiencing disruption in their lives caused by COVID-19, which may result in stress, anxiety, uncertainty, and feeling overwhelmed. We need to pay close attention to our own social emotional needs in order to be the community of adults who best serve our young people. Practice continued self-care strategies, including eating healthy, getting enough sleep, exercising, and finding time to take breaks. If you find yourself overwhelmed by negative thoughts, find ways to reframe your thinking. Seek out needed mental health support for yourself or loved ones.
  • Foster supportive adult relationships to process emotions, share challenges, and offer support to one another.  Your colleagues and fellow parents are also adjusting to new and difficult ways of working and taking care of family and friends.  Adults also benefit from feeling connected with and known by their peers.  Build in space for personal connection and mutual support, whether it’s 5 minutes at the beginning of a virtual meeting for everyone to respond to a question, breaking into smaller groups to share problems of practice, setting up optional online social events, or creating random pairs so that everyone has a specific partner to check in with for a virtual coffee date once a week.