Ok everybody in, we need to talk. Let’s just get this out of the way first.
We do not prefer this situation.
It’s true that the schools are doing their best to protect those in our school systems AND it is true that many people have been left high and dry with no childcare options. It is not what we want, but it is our reality.
Nobody thinks this is an ideal way for our kids to learn. Or that people being forced to make hard decisions on proper childcare is a great situation. But unfortunately it is the way things are.
Where you go from here is up to you as a parent.
Our kids are watching, looking, and listening to see how we respond. This is a great opportunity to be the leader your kids need right now.
Attitudes are contagious and you get to pick yours every day. How do you think your kids will approach this new style of learning if you are constantly talking about how much you hate it/don’t agree with it? Now picture how they will react if you help them keep an open mind about this.
A few things to keep in mind as we get ready for the new school year.
You are not alone
It’s ok to ask for help from family, neighbors, or friends. It’s amazing what can happen when people pull together. And I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the number of people who are willing to help, whatever your situation is.
You are also not alone if you are raising a kid who can expertly coordinate an attack in Fortnite with multiple teammates online, but can’t seem to figure out how to e-mail his teacher an assignment. It’s fine.
Teachers are learning too
There aren’t any teachers that set out to become virtual teachers. The teachers I know thrive from being in the classroom with their students. This is not ideal for them either.
But they have been studying, preparing, and getting ready to tackle this new style of teaching. They won’t be perfect, there will be miscommunication, and you will get frustrated with them. Just know they are working on it and the more experience they get the better they will get.
Great things can come out of terrible situations
You’re stronger than you think
“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.”
Your kids need you, your teachers need you, and you will get through this. Hang in there my friend, we are all going to be ok.