Whether we were prepared for what's happening, or not...ok, wait...let's walk this back a minute...none of us was prepared for what's happening!! In this unprecedented time in our modern history, many parents are now confined to their homes, some working, others wondering what the future of their employment will be and with schools closed and kids home, I imagine the stress level for some may be approaching meltdown status. On top of all that, teachers are working to adjust their instructional targets to foster "distance learning" students can do at home in a way that meets academic needs without overwhelming kids or parents.
Even without children of my own at home, I am fully aware of the tole this is likely having on many. While there are plenty of plugged-in parents eager to take over the reins of homeschooling, others are only operating in survival mode, worried about their health and well-being, supporting their families and staying in their homes. This is a difficult time to navigate the world, but beyond all else, we are not in this alone. We are all feeling the impacts of the Coronavirus, whether it's financially, socially, emotionally or physically.
Now is not the time for strict schedules and the unhinged stress of trying to be a teacher to your children with no direction or formal training. While keeping some sort of routine at home will create a feeling of safety in this time of uncertainty, the best things we can do for our children is model LOVE, unconditionally. The language of love is the most important lesson to learn as we embark upon this journey together. How do we show our kids we love them? How do we show our kids how to love themselves? to love others? Kindness and compassion, which may be in short supply when your child says your name for the 100th time in 10 minutes, are the best lessons we can focus on at this time.
There will be a time for reading, writing and math, but right now, I want to hear from you...what are YOU thinking? What resources do YOU need? How do YOU feel??