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Norwalk Warriors Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District I Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News I OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students Dealing with Change your own issues and let them confide their fears and Change is a part of life for everyone and it is impor- concerns to someone they trust. tant for children and families to learn how to cope with Know that they know. Many parents believe they it. Whether it is moving to a new home, school or commu- can keep their children in the dark about changes such nity, a divorce or death in the famil3 a hospitalization, or as a job loss or illness, but children hear more and know illness, or even just a friend moving awa the stress of a more than parents expect. The best approach is to ac- sudden change can be overwhelming for a child. How- knowledge that they have probably heard something ever, there are many things families can do to help. and talk to them about it. Assure them that you will be Listen. Sometimes children just need to talk about there for them if they have questions and that you are what is troubling them. You do not have to know all of doing all you can to keep things as normal as possible. the answers; what is important is that you let them ex- Be aware of troubling behaviors. If your child's be- press themselves and you show that you are there for them. havioris suddenly different, it is a sign that he or she is Let outsiders in. There are times, such as during a having difficulty coping. Some of the signs that your divorce, when children might feel more comfortable child needs extra help coping are changes in appetite talking to someone other than their parents--a family (either overeating or not eating), changes in sleep (in- friend, a trusted teacher or school counselor, or some- somnia or constant fatigue), aggressive behavior, con- one else they feel close to. Although some parents might stant whining or weeping, depression, bedwetting or object to their children confiding in others and "airing thumb sucking, nervous tics and a withdrawal from dirty laundry" the stress that a divorce exerts on a child things he or she used to enjoy. can be overwhelming. Put your children's health before Keep routines. Children need to have routines in q ..... - ..... .S HOOL Ad ID SPORTS PAGES : | / ................... SPONSORED BY: ' *WENDY BORST MASSAGE, LMT 240-1075 *COMMUNITY BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. DONNA GRANT FAMILY DENTISTRY 256-9000 *HASKIN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 981-0556, *EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS Kevin Pearson - 285-1838 *jOHN PHILLIPS INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. 981-0434 or 981-4293 *NORWALK LIONS CLUB 981-0432 *OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATES 981-0224 *SCOTT'S FOODS 981-0606 *NEWTON STANDRIDGE STANDRIDGE GROUP 229-5310 *N/WARREN TOWN & COUNTY NEWS 981-0406 Call 911 for emergencies! Thursday, August 8, 2013 their life; they are comforted by them. Do your best to maintain as many of their routines as possible--the same bedtime ritual, for example. In addition, make sure that, even if they are changing households, they get to hold on to some familiar and loved objects--you might be surprised what they claoose as a special memento. Get the book. There are books on almost every situ- ation a child could be faced with. Find children's books at your child's age level that discuss what they are go- ing through (the Mister Rogers series is particularly good for young children). Information helps. If your child is moving to a new school, house, or community, get as many photos and as much information as possible. Try to do walk- throughs ahead of time and keep your attitude posi- tive, even if you, yourself, have secret concerns. Stress that there will be new and exciting-things ahead and you are sure it will be a good change. Stay connected. If the change involves a move, ei- ther within your family or by a close friend, make sure to assure your children that there are many ways to keep in touch and that you will help them stay close to the people who are important to them. From exchanging photos in the mail or online, to talking to each other in (supervised) chat rooms, your children will learn that being close does not always mean living close by. Finally, remember that you cannot protect a child from change. Coping with change is a learning skill your child needs to master. By providing a listening ear, giv- ing your child the information needed and staying posi- tive, you are helping your child grow stronger and bet- ter prepared for the future, whatever it may bring. BA Saturday; August 17 CK Featuring Sara Routh and James Biehn, 1995 NHS Graduates. Also, Jason Smith, 1993 NHS Graduate. Join Sara, James and Jason celebrating "going back to school" with live, original music and a Q&A forum at 6 p.m. The all ages concert is sponsored by the Norwalk High School Choral Department High School Auditorium Doors Open at 5:30 p.m. Admission-Donation for the Norwalk Food Pantry