Living with the ongoing challenges experienced due to COVID 19 has presented families with numerous difficulties and created enormous uncertainty, especially with the new school year fast approaching. Whether school will be in person with significant restrictions and changes or in distanced learning at home or something else altogether, preparing our children for a school year that can change from one minute to the next can seem daunting. During this session we will discuss how we can be proactive and boost independence, build important skills for “masked” communication, and utilize approaches that can increase capacity for flexibility. Learning how to create these opportunities can empower both parents and children to deal with the start of the school year with a lens of greater patience and courage, encouraging a go-with-the-flow mindset as we continue to navigate these unpredictable times.
Randi Goldfarb, Founder and President of Zak & Nat™ (a division of Proactive Connections, LLC) is a seasoned Licensed Clinical Social Worker, published children’s book author, dedicated preschool teacher, mother of two spirited boys, and the creator of the Keep Calm Kit™. She is an impassioned problem-solver with a keen ability to focus on proactive based solutions, which are an integral part of the workshops and trainings that she delivers in preschool settings. Randi focuses on empowering educators, caregivers and children to connect and stay connected, by creatively building social-emotionalskills, thus improving communication skills for everyone.Like most of us, Randi has little time to spare, but when she can, she loves to ride her bike or go for a brisk walk/run to keep the adrenaline flowing, trying to solve another challenge, as she is inspired by the beauty and potential around her.