Impact During COVID 6.15.2020: How We Are Still Making An Impact
Here at Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA we are constantly evolving as we seek to serve the 14th Judicial District (Grand, Routt, and Moffat counties) in Domestic & Neglect cases.
Helping your child feel safe in their home, Sallie Wandling, MSW Founder of Camp Comfort
When most parents are asked, “What is the most important thing when it comes to your child?” they will often answer that their hope is that their child is healthy and safe.
Safety means so many different things to all of us depending where we are in our lives. Are we safe walking alone at night? Are we safe driving in bad weather? Are our kids safe at school? Are our kids safe at home? Are we safe from financial or physical harm?
Safety in the home means so much more to children than being safe from the elements. For some children, home is the only safe place and for others, home is not a safe place at all.
With the Corona virus, school shootings, social drama, learning struggles, trying to fit in, playground arguments and bullying, (to name a few) your home should absolutely be your child’s safest place. When they return home from school, children should feel like their home is a calm, loving, safe refuge. Just as we as adults have a tough day at work, your child may have had a tough day at school. In other words, your home may be the only place where they feel they are welcomed with open arms.
There are many ways to make sure your child feels safe and looks forward to being home… and they’re all free!!!
- Remind them often of their strengths.
- Make sure they get more compliments than criticism.
- Greet them with smiles, hugs and down time even if you have something to work with them on or teach them later.
- Laugh with them and be able to laugh at yourself.
- Support them in their classwork. Even 15 uninterrupted minutes makes a big difference.
- Recognize that some subjects are easier for some children than others. Be understanding and help them with the tough stuff.
- Understand that if you yell or cuss, they too will yell and cuss.
- Remember that if you argue with your child for too long, step away…someone has to be the grownup and that’s you so don’t argue at an elementary school level.
- Smile more. Laugh more. Hug more. Compliment more. It’s really what we all want.
- Make sure your behavior reminds them daily how valuable they are.
- Learn to apologize and own your mistakes. This will teach them that it’s okay to be wrong as long as you model this behavior.
- Ask for help when you need it. The school has many professionals who want to partner with you in making your child a happy, healthy individual.
- TAKE A TIME OUT FOR YOURSELF! If they’re driving you crazy, shut your door and tell them you’re in timeout!!
Each year in the United States nearly 400,000 children are abused, neglected, or abandoned by their families. Many of these children also become victims of an over-burdened court system which frequently does not have time to give detailed attention to each child who comes before it. Routt, Grand and Moffat Counties are not immune to these issues. That’s where Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA comes in.
The mission of Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA is to recruit, educate and empower community volunteers to advocate in court for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the 14th Judicial District to ensure that each and every child is able to grow up in a safe and permanent home.
“CASA volunteers are special individuals who feel it is their duty to advocate for children who are victims of abuse and neglect and their families who have become involved in the court system. … “