I don’t know about you, but I never set out to be a parent that homeschools. I love my job. I love my kids. And I’ll admit: I think I love my kids more when I get to go to the job I love every day. Now all of that has changed and I know I need to step up in ways I haven’t before. Am I prepared? No. Will I figure it out? Probably. Will there be tears? Many.
I can’t continue without acknowledging the myriad of ways our teachers have stepped up and gone above and beyond for these kids in order to make distance learning a reality. Truly and deeply: THANK YOU. That doesn’t mean that we as parents can’t also feel overwhelmed and frustrated and scared about what is happening to our kids’ education.
There have been a flurry of posts and emails and conversations sharing advice about how to embrace this new way of life. Here are the ones I’m taking to heart:
- READ. No surprise here that this is my first tip. Make time for reading every. single. day. For the kids and for yourself.
- FREE TIME. Everyone needs it. Give each other space and see what unfolds.
- GO OUTSIDE. Fresh air does a world of good and is really the only outlet we have left.
- SCHEDULE. Or not! I thrive with a schedule and a routine, but be gentle with yourself and your kids when things don’t go as planned.
- REMEMBER. This is (hopefully) a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Take time to note the positive things. Take it a step further and create a journal together as a keepsake.
Any other tips? I’d love to hear! Please leave them in the comments.
Stay healthy & happy,