Support Resources

I. Resources for Faculty and Staff

 

II. Resources for Families

  • Acknowledge the reality of their feelings and what is happening in the world using age-appropriate language and details.
  • Allow them to express themselves, and help them figure out how to express disagreement respectfully since they may face conflicts around others.
  • Be present and spend time together, check-in with them.
  • Encourage media literacy and help them find age-appropriate media outlets.
  • Balance talk about feelings and fact-checking.
  • Teach them about how democracy works - that it is messy.
  • Remind them that not everyone who voted one way necessarily agrees with everything that the representative candidate has said.
  • Talk about your values, decide what they are together.
  • Teach them to be a gracious political winner or loser.
  • Encourage breaks from the media that allow for face-to-face connection and relieve some of the pressure.
  • Be honest and serious (e.g., no joking about moving out of the country), but optimistic and positive.
  • Assure them that they are safe in the immediate environment (if this is true).
  • Address the bullying/discrimination that they've seen during and after this campaign: Remind them that even if they see injustices, that doesn't give them permission to act in unjust ways - encourage them to work to prevent injustices.
  • Remind girls that were particularly excited by the prospect of a first female president that there is still a future where that is a possibility.
  • Support them in taking action (by talking to them and providing them with transportation and resources) and teach them to stand up for others when things don't seem right.
  • Discuss the importance of being wise about what they post/engage in on social media.
  • Pay attention to signs that your child is being victimized.
  • Prepare your children for the possibility of discrimination and don't just tell them to ignore it.
  • Engage with your community, build a supportive network.
  • Don't expect to have 'the talk' about discrimination. It shouldn't be one conversation. Rather, let the discussion be open and ongoing.
  • Parents often avoid talking about hard subjects (including sex, underage drinking and discrimination) because they're personally uncomfortable. Keep talking anyway. The discussions get easier over time.
  • Use age-appropriate language children can understand, and don't give kids too much information at once. The conversation will get deeper and more nuanced as they get older.
  • Learn to respond to children's questions about differences and bias as they come up naturally. Help children feel that their questions are welcome, or they might come to believe that discussing differences is taboo.

 

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 Additional Resources for Families

 

 III. Resources for Clinicians