Family School Wellness
The program is available to children aged birth to eighteen and their families, where the Worker will help the child and/or its' family in need. Services are provided at school, in the home or in the community. This is a voluntary service and is free of charge.
Family School Wellness Workers will assist in finding other services such as counseling, after hours crisis response workers or legal advice.
Parents, take advantage of this informative coming up, Organized by Mountain View Family Resource Centre. Family Resource Network (FRN):
If you're a Parent, you're a Role Model
How to Teach your Children by Example
There is no such thing as the “perfect parent” because being a parent is the world’s most difficult job. You may appreciate the special joys of raising a child, but you also know that it can be demanding, challenging and exhausting-there’s no time off.
One way is to think about how your behavior affects your child. You can’t always be calm and cheerful-nobody is. Besides, children need to see that their parents can express real feelings in a healthy way. If they see you handling anger appropriately, they’ll learn from you. If they watch you celebrating special occasions without alcohol, they’ll learn something. If they see you facing difficult times without trying to escape through drugs, alcohol or gambling, they’ll remember. As they grow up they’ll learn by your example. They will have that example to follow in years to come, when they are coping with life’s challenges.
Can other people serve as role models?
Absolutely. Just one caring adult can make a huge difference. Even when a child’s life is difficult and filled with conflict, having one person who cares can give that child a lot of strength. Even when your child is a teen and seems to show no interest in being “just like you” they’re still watching and copying –still using you as a role model.
How to Listen Actively to your Children
Kids need to feel heard. Sometimes it may be difficult to hear what they have to say. Other times it may be hard to get them to talk about their thoughts at all. They may think you won’t understand. They maybe afraid to share their feelings because they think someone may make fun of them.
If you practice being open and honest with your children and make it easy for them to talk to you, you will build a stronger relationship with them. This works in two ways; hearing what your children are saying and talking about your own thoughts and feelings with them.
It can be tough to talk with your kids. Don’t give up! Here are some ideas that may help out.
- To get the whole picture it is important to listen to both the spoken word and the unspoken feelings.
- If you don’t understand what they are telling you, say it back to them in your own words to make sure you are clear.
- Do not judge what your child is saying.
- Try responding in a way that reflects those feelings.
- You may need to provide an opportunity for them to expand on what they tell you. ie “Tell me more about that”.
Four ways to communicate:
- Ask open-ended questions, “Tell me about your day”.
- Listen reflectively.
- Affirm your child’s feelings. “I understand….”
- Summarize what you have heard.