Parenting, Working and Teaching at Home

I will be the first to admit I don’t do well with unanswered questions. I like structure, a schedule and goals with measurable outcomes. The only thing we can count on presently is that life is changing, and we need to change with it.

Our kids have been forced into a situation that is unfair. Across the nation kids are missing out on their senior year, their softball season, their state championship, their musicals, missing their friends and the list goes on. As parents we have lost out support systems. It’s become evident how much we have relied on the structure of a classroom and the support of amazing educators. School districts around the country are desperately scrambling to meet the needs of their students. For many of us, we have just become working parents and teachers.

It’s important to know that many of our kids can’t see past the present. We ourselves are anxious about what the present day holds, and our kids are no different. Psychology Today did a wonderful article about parenting through this crisis.

In the meantime, it’s important to set up a schedule. Kids thrive in a structured environment. Set a schedule and put it where the kids can see. Be sure to add in plenty of breaks and playtime. Take the opportunity to teach the skills kids don’t typically learn in a classroom. For example, this week my kids learned a great deal about cooking. They researched and learned to bake bread, cookies and even dog treats.

Along with non-typical learning be sure your kids are reading! There are lots of libraries offering free downloads right now or curbside pick-up. The benefits of reading are immense. Twenty minutes of reading for fun is the number one way to reduce anxiety (You can do it too!). Reading is also the very best way to increase your intelligence. As the weeks go forward, lets start reaching out and creating book clubs and ways to socialize virtually. I’ve put together a list of academic resources below to help.

Miss you all immensely!

Beth

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