12/3/2020: Summary of Session B of Powerful Families in Carteret County as told by Lee A. Stiles:
In Session B of Powerful Families in Carteret County, the youth started the meeting playing a game of Charades. This game encouraged the youth to discuss their daily activities. Youth provided positive and stressful responses to their daily activities. One youth realized that some activities she does several times a day. For example, she stated that she brushes her teeth in the morning and at night. Youth also learned Reflexive Listening techniques. They acted out positive responses to stressful situations.
Caregivers discussed how youth culture today is different than when they were in middle school The caregivers admitted that youth today are under so much more pressure, especially having to be a student in the midst of a pandemic. One caregiver said, “I feel so much compassion for not only my child, but all children that have to be a student in the midst of a pandemic. The adjustment is not easy.” Caregivers learned the skill of validation in terms of Reflexive Listening. Another caregiver said she was excited to use this on her youth and see how much of a difference it would be. Caregivers seemed to enjoy the session and we all engaged in a little bit of role playing.