My name is Erika Rath and I am the Director of Student Services at the Sacred Heart School of Montreal. I want to thank you in advance for reading and partaking in this forum. The goal is to hear different points of view on various topics that will ideally help our students by enriching their lives in and out of the classroom.

How to Reassure my Daughter During these Uncertain Times: Together We Can Get Through This

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Did you know that most people touch their face an average of 23 times per hour? I also found out that I’ve been washing my hands incorrectly for pretty much my entire life, and that even my worst day at work is beginning to feel a whole lot better than being at home. This is just some of the information I’ve learned after being home for exactly one week now and I’m sure I’ll be learning a lot more about myself, others, and the pandemic.


It’s safe to say that I’m concerned and a bit anxious about the foreseeable and the not so foreseeable future, but I know I’m not alone in expressing my concerns. According to The Atlantic, it’s not only normal to feel anxious right now, but -to some degree- it’s also productive because it makes us realize that we need to take this situation seriously and respect the measures we need to take in order to protect ourselves and the vulnerable. 


We need to stay present in the moment so that we don’t let our negative thoughts take up all of the space in our heads and so that we don’t keep asking the “what ifs.”


We should try to find the positives in this experience and realize that we are safe and that this situation is giving us the opportunity to spend more time with family, learn new skills, and catch up on that Netflix show we’ve been meaning to watch. 


There seems to be this constant need to know everything and learn more about every aspect of this virus, but truth be told, that’s’ not so healthy. Sure, we all want to know what’s going on and we should stay in the know, but staying connected 24/7 is not good for us or our children. 


Remember, this situation can affect our children and students in different ways. We need to ensure that we are listening to them and addressing their concerns. We have to be honest with them. Give them the facts and be realistic. It’s important not to be too optimistic or pessimistic. Children need information and they need to know why their entire routines have been thrown out of whack. We need to tailor what we say based on their age and level of maturity. We can use this time to give them more responsibility and explain that what we are doing matters. We can also have them help out more at home and set up a specific routine-one that might become their new normal, at least for the time being. 


Remember to keep the lines of communication open, go outside and get some fresh air, keep physical distance, and create new family activities that your children will remember fondly.


And most importantly, don’t forget to wash your hands and stay healthy! Together we can get through this.


Wishing you all peace, health, and love over the coming weeks.


Erika Rath, Director of Student Services
514-937-2845 ext. 121