Parents would, of course, do anything to keep their children safe. But figuring out how to keep children home and educate them virtually was nothing anyone was prepared for.
It’s been an adjustment. It’s been confusing and difficult and there have been a lot of tears. People question how much learning is really getting done? How good is it for my child to stare at a screen for hours on end each day? How far behind are my children falling?
These are all valid questions and concerns. The thing to remember is that we are all in the same boat. Well maybe not the same boat, but certainly the same storm. It’s important to remember to do your best as a family. Encourage your children to try their best. Let them acknowledge their frustrations. Empathize with them. Make sure they have a quiet place to work. Make sure they get fresh air and exercise and make sure they have plenty of time away from screens.
And make sure you as the parent are taking care of yourself too. Self care is more important now more than ever. Self care is not selfish. Self care is critical. If you are getting your needs met, you will be more able to be there to support your family and their needs. Self care means many things to many people. Just make sure you are doing things that make you feel better. A longer shower, a hot bath, a favorite cup of tea, a walk outside, reading a good book, watching a favorite show, getting a massage, a pedicure, spending time (safely) with a friend, finding things that fuel your soul and renew your energy. And remember to slow down and breathe…