The return to school is quickly approaching, leaving parents and schools scrambling to figure out what the classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic will look like. From online learning, in person teaching, or a combination of the two — the complexity in all of this can be overwhelming and frustrating for everyone, especially children.
According to a recent Harris survey conducted by the National 4-H Council,
the burden from coping with COVID-19 affects 7 out of 10 teenagers.
45% of the teens surveyed identified their stress level as severe, and
67% thought it was better to keep their feelings secret about it.
Take a look at some of the below tips we’ve found helpful when trying to navigate this uncharted territory.
- Check regularly with your kids, and listen to their concerns. Be sure their feelings are justified, letting them know that their fears and frustrations are
- Have your child focus on what they can do in fighting the pandemic, such as washing their hands, wearing a face mask, and practicing social distance.
- While plans can tend to change, clarify what you do know about what the school year or classroom looks like to help them prepare mentally.
- When your child is interested in interactive or remote learning, take action to set them up for academic, physical and emotional success. Search for tips to
encourage virtual learning.
- It is necessary to ease them back into a structured daily routine and sleep schedule, whether your child will be returning to school in person or electronically.
- Take an active role in your child’s education by checking for completed assignments and be involved in understanding their work schedule; i.e. how many hours they should be logged on for virtual school, etc…
- Send constructive or motivating notes in lunchboxes or backpacks for your kids.
Twins Family Foundations President and Clinical Director, Kathy Manns, LMHC, MCAP urges her patience to be candid about these difficult times:
“Talk to someone about fears, concerns about fears, and concerns you may be feeling about the upcoming school year. Of course, it’s vital to discuss the importance of safety, including mask wearing and social distancing. Keeping open communication is key”
As always, feel free to reach out to our office for more advice, or to schedule a session with a member of our team.