Keep those lines of communication with your kids open- even when it's tough!
Sarah here. I’m ironically writing this post about having an organized approach to back-to-school amidst utter chaos…paint supplies cover one table…Legos have taken completely taken over the dining room… this is what life looks like right now. Things are incredibly disorganized. This is partially because we just are a messy family and partially because we are a messy family that is coping and keeping busy during a pandemic. We have a lot of stuff going on…
So, the irony of writing about having an organized approach to anything isn’t lost on me. That being said, whether or not your physical environment is a disaster, your approach to back-to-school doesn’t have to be. There’s a lot of variability in what back-to-school will look like in the time of COVID-19 depending on the city and state in which you live, whether your kids will be attending school virtually or in-person, and the plans and procedures the school has in place.
Unsure about the “right” thing to do for your kids and their education? Having doubts about the plan? You’re not alone. Unsure how things will actually go once school starts? You’re not the only one! So, how do you prepare for back-to-school when this is anything but a typical year? Back-to-school shopping, while potentially stressful, is also a really fun and exciting time of year for kids...and for some adults. I love back to school shopping- new pencils and pens, crisp notebooks and planners. There’s something magical and exciting about it all.
Despite my love for back-to-school supplies, I get that this year’s shopping just doesn’t feel the same. This year isn’t the same- there’s a massive cloud of stress and uncertainty hanging over us all. As a mom, you still have to help your kids prepare to go back to school- even if you’re all feeling frazzled, tired or over it. Even if your kids will be “going” back to school at home with your support. Here are some things to consider as you gear up for back-to-school:
All over the country, back-to-school is happening in some form or fashion. As a parent, you’re dealing with fatigue, stress and lots of uncertainty. You’re an amazing mom who’s doing the best you can. Remember that kids are resilient and so are you! At some point, this too shall pass. So, take a deep breath and take time to think through back-to-school. Talk with your kids. Make sure you everyone is comfortable with the game plan. Now- ready for a silver lining? I’ve spoken with a number of kids—even ones who typically hate school— and most of them are so excited for school to finally start. I bet you are too.
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As a reminder, we have an amazing handout for families with information about COVID-19 that you may find helpful when speaking with your kids. Click here to take a look.
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