LASPD > TIPS FOR PARENTS and TEENS
Helping Youth and Children Recover From Traumatic Events
Below is a list of resources specifically designed for parents and guardians to provide guidance on talking to children after a traumatic event from the Federal Government and the Department of Education’s Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center.
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LAUSD SCHOOL OPERATIONS DIVISION SAFE SCHOOL PLANNING
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The safety and well-being of our students and staff are a top priority. In response to the Chelsea King and Amber Dubois tragedies, School Police has compiled a list of simple, common sense tips that can help protect children and adults against stranger abduction or attack. Please read these tips carefully and share with students, staff, parents and community members:
1.Don’t walk or run alone, when possible. Go with a family member, friend and/or a dog.
2.Always tell someone where you are going and how long you’ll be gone.
3.Walk or run in highly-visible, well-populated, well-lighted areas. Avoid alleys, canyons, wooded areas and other isolated areas.
4.Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to your instincts. If an area or a situation doesn’t feel right, leave immediately.
5.Don’t become so distracted by your iPod or radio that you lose focus of your immediate environment. Keep the volume low so you can hear everything around you. Using only one earbud/headphone and keeping one ear free is strongly recommended.
6.If you have a cell phone, bring it with you.
7.Have personal identification with you that contains a phone number of an emergency contact as well as information about any allergies or other conditions that may be needed by a paramedic.
8.If you find yourself in trouble, scream loudly to attract attention. Run towards people, a school, or open business.
9.Be extra cautious at night.
How do I relieve stress?
Family problems, not enough time, trouble with friends -- these are just a few of the many things that cause stress. These seven tips can help.
•Allow plenty of time. Being too busy is a big source of stress.
•Exercise. It's a great stress buster.
•Get plenty of rest and eat well. You'll be able to handle stress better when it does come up.
•Discuss your problems with a friend or family member.
•When stress hits big, take a time-out. A few minutes away from the problem can help.
•Breathe deeply — slowly in, slowly out. Think of something pleasant.
•Ask for help. If you feel like your stress is just too much, talk with your family, a friend or a counselor.
How do I get along with my parents?
1.Make a list of the things that you and your parents fight about the most.
2.Identify what it is that gets you so upset or angry - are you mad that your parents disagree with you, or are you upset that they can't/won't see your point of view?
3.Decide on a FAIR compromise - a resolution that you can live with and that you think your parents' will accept. NOTE: A compromise means you give up some of your demands - it does not mean that you get your way.
4.Write down your proposed compromise and read it aloud at least three times to see how it sounds.
5.Set up a time to talk to your parents, do not just bring it up over dinner but make an actual appointment and tell them that you have an important proposal to make.
6.Bring your notes with you to the meeting so you can stay on track if/when emmotions get high. You may even want to consider reading the note to your parents like a speech.
7.Before talking to your parents, take a few deep breaths and think calming thoughts. Make a promise to yourself that you will not raise your voice or get angry even if your parents "turn up the volume."
8.When you have presented your case take another deep breath and let your parents talk. Really listen to what your parents have to say. Even if you do not like what they are saying hold back your anger and keep your ears and mind open.
9.Avoid shutting down or growing frustrated. Avoid interrupting them or jumping in with a rebuttal. Just listen and absorb what they say.
10.If your parents reject your proposal, stay focused and avoid getting emmotional. Thank them for their time and express your disappointment that you could not reach a compromise.
11.If your parents accept your proposal, be grateful and assure them that you will not let them down. Then do everything necessary to show them they made the right decision in going along with you.
12.Whatever the outcome, be sure to do what your parents ask of you. By going along with their wishes you build trust and show your maturity which in turn may make them more willing to relax their stand at a future date.
13.If the topic is a very sensitive one and you still can't see eye to eye, ask your parents what they need from you in order for them to consider your proposal.
14.Make a vow to give them what they need and ask them if you can agree to revisit the subject in a few weeks time.
15.If the outcome disappoints you, do not throw a fit. Go to your room and write your feelings in a journal or go outside and ride your bike or punch a pillow to blow off steam.
1.As a teenager, you are learning to become more independent, and this may be why there is friction in your house.
2.As you and your parents adjust to your new independent self, the fighting will decrease.
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