The Allstate Foundation empowers young people – and those that guide and teach them – with social emotional learning (SEL) opportunities to help them lead successful lives. These skills – like stress-management, communication and resiliency – are more important than ever, as kids face disruption and uncertainty in the face of the current COVID-19 situation.
Below are tips and resources from The Allstate Foundation and its partners to help kids and parents.
MAKE SPACE FOR CALM
It’s important to intentionally check-in as a family and talk about what to do when kids feel upset, angry, scared or frustrated – and how to keep emotions in check. This Zen Zone Activity Guide, part of Soar with Wings – a partnership between Wings for Kids, Discovery Education and The Allstate Foundation to strengthen SEL skills – provides a framework for families to practice self-management and responsible decision-making skills within the home.
PRACTICE STAYING PRESENT
Daily mindfulness practice – the practice of paying attention to the present moment – can teach kids techniques to handle difficult emotions, such as stress, anxiety, anger and more. The Allstate Foundation works with Inner Explorer to bring audio guided mindfulness exercises to schools, focusing on key areas of development. Now, parents can download the Inner Explorer family app, and begin practicing with your children every day, starting with “Day 1” and continuing through “Day 90″ and then repeat.
The Allstate Foundation’s nonprofit partner, Wings for Kids, encourage kids and parents to consider R&R: reset and relax. Reset to determine what is really bothering you and relax your mind and body to try and calm down. Wings for Kids offers techniques to practice R&R.
BUILD SKILLS THROUGH STORIES
Literature and storytelling are great ways to introduce the concept of SEL skills to kids of all ages. Find a list of books, grouped by age level, that can start a conversation in your family.
MAKE IT FUN
The Allstate Foundation knows that play is an integral part of developing important SEL skills that will carry kids through adulthood. The Allstate Foundation nonprofit partner, Playworks, is hosting #PlayatHome Recess live on Facebook at 11am, 1pm and 3pm CT Monday through Friday. Tune in for stretching, warm ups, interactive games, cheers and cooldown activities. Playworks also offers a free game library, where families and educators can access ideas by age and length of time, with many fun ideas for small groups.
In times of uncertainty, it is more important than ever to have open communication with our families and loved ones. As part of Soar with Wings, Wings for Kids, Discovery Education and The Allstate Foundation offer a Dinner Discussions guide that helps families reconnect and check-in with a series of guided questions that cultivate relationship-building and social awareness skills.
WE Charity is making it easy for youth, families and educators to connect, engage and inspire with Live with WE Schools, a daily online program hosted by renowned speaker, Spencer West, who will be joined by teachers, experts and others for one hour of free educational and inspiring content.
The Allstate Foundation and its partners are here to support young people, parents and educators through this uncertain time. Make use of resources, like the SEL guide for parents of teens, available on WeAreTeachers.com that offers practical tips and exercises for incorporating SEL into your daily life. The Allstate Foundation partner at the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) also offer tips for engaging SEL in the home.
Now more than ever, it’s important to find ways to support those around us. The good news? There are many ways to continue to give back to our communities while also physical distancing. WE Charity and The Allstate Foundation are offering ideas to volunteer virtually and continue to make a difference.
Below are links to more great resources for parents to help their children build SEL skills:
• Playworks: Indoor Games that Build SEL Skills
• WeAreTeachers: SEL and Teens
• WE Schools: Ten Ways to Build SEL Skills at Home