Some super helpful advice to be truly mindful of, for our kids sake = not their school work…
Dear parents with school aged children
You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your
kids. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online
activities, science experiments, and book reports. You’ll limit
technology until everything is done! But here’s the thing…
kids are just as scared as we are right now. Our kids not only can
hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant
tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this
before. Although the idea of being off of school for weeks sounds
awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not
the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.
Over the coming weeks, you may see an increase in behaviour issues with
your kids. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t
do things normally – it will happen. You’ll see more meltdowns,
tantrums, and oppositional behavior in the coming weeks. This is normal
and expected under these circumstances.
What kids need right now
is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok.
And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love
your kids a bit more. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cookies and
paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science
experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a
book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do
Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every
single kid is in this boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in
class, we will meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this!
Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do maths.
Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don’t
mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.
can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your
kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills.
And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the
memory of what they did during those weeks is long gone. So keep that
in mind, every single day.
Stay safe! ♥️