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I can control/can't control
Kids’ feelings and reactions to things during the prolonged closure of school as they knew it may widely go back and forth through a range of emotions, from upset to joy; from anger to disappointment and sadness. There are no wrong feelings and this is normal for what they are experiencing. We can help by framing this in a supportive conversation when we know they are calm and able to listen by sharing in terms of “Things I Can Control vs. Things I Can’t Control”. Giving examples to how you as the adult feel these feelings and using examples from the Control Wheel can open up the conversation. See if they can give further examples of what they can control and what they can’t control.