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One way to help your child manage the pressure amid COVID concerns

Posted at 5:30 AM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 07:27:24-04

MILWAUKEE — The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on our families, in ways we may not realize.

Our children are dealing with new challenges with virtual learning.

One outlet, the Social Development Commission, has found helps manage the pressure, is by letting children express how they feel through art.

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16-year-old Iliana was able to find comfort, sharing “Me putting that on there made me feel better because it’s telling me not to give up on life. It’s telling me to stay positive no matter what. Whatever situation I’m going through, to just keep going.”

Counselors with the Social Development Commission have found artwork is a great outlet for families.

“I saw a lot of resiliency from these youth i saw a lot of them talk about their pain through their art,” said Shelia Sampton with SDC.

Getting your struggles out helps Sampton and her team learn how to better serve each family, explaining “We’ve had fathers call us and say, ‘I really need your help, I’m concerned about my son. I don’t know how to do a Chromebook.’”

Leaving those issues neglected can lead to students feeling under pressure. Exercises like these help leaders in our community better serve families in this pandemic.

Here is your Rebound Rundown:

  • Have your child draw how they feel
  • Talk about the artwork
  • SDC offering free tutoring for children 8-19 years old. Registration is required. You can learn more by calling (414) 906-2700 or clicking here.

Drop off location and times for tutoring:
SDC - North
1730 West North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI
Hours:
Tuesdays: 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Every other Saturday: 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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