Back to School Tips for Extraordinary Times
decided to homeschool or go back to school in person, there is no doubt that
every parent will be trying to provide the best option for their family. As
these are extraordinary circumstances, there are still a few things we can do
for our children to the main certainty, routine and safe spaces.
Energy and Words Matter
While you may be
dealing with uncertainty and lack of confidence with your decision and plans
in your mind, remember that children pick up on energy and adult conversations
very easily. For your benefit, be sure to discuss your hesitations or fears
with your partner, friends and even teacher – but try to keep these
conversations out of earshot from little ears, to avoid added stress or worry
on the kids.
Comfort in Routines
on routines, always being able to predict what is next best they can. If your
child is returning to school this year, be sure to keep up some of the familiar
traditions and routines that they could count on from years before. This may
mean a special after school snack or breakfast, completing homework together at
night – whatever it takes to create that comfortable & familiar feeling.
Practice Proper Hygiene Early
jurisdictions have decided to have school re-entry with the addition of face
masks for kids and teachers. It’s always a good idea to get the kids used to seeing
adults in masks, as well as wearing one themselves, ahead of returning to
school. Start small, by wearing one around the house or quick trips to the grocery
store and slowly increase the time of usage.
handwashing techniques, as well as being aware of potential germy touchpoints,
like swapping snacks at lunch or sharing school supplies.
Talk with your
child, and let them know you are a safe space for them to come to, to share any
concerns or questions they may have. Creating a network of trust around them will help ease them into the new school year.