I am sure many of you have already figured out what works best for you as a family. There are several “experts” who suggest ideas that might further help us to stay calm and happy as we enter another week of virtual schooling. Having previously written about the positive effects of exercise, I thought the following points might add some food for thought as we continue to move forward.
- Keep talking to your children about what is happening and be honest with them because things are changing all the time. Do this when you are feeling calm and rational because children learn from us how we deal with conflict and stress.
- Find an outlet for your stresses. How many of us have become experts in baking, coupled with having the cleanest kitchens, apartments, or houses that we have ever had? Listen to music, read books, exercise. Whatever it is, find something you enjoy doing and allow time in your day to do this.
- Stay connected with your family and friends. Although socially isolating, make sure that you schedule times to video call or speak to loved ones. The advantage to this is that the whole family can now get involved as we know that everyone is in the same house. It’s also a great opportunity to reconnect with someone you have maybe lost touch with.
- Ration your news updates. Information on social media is constantly changing and can often add to stress levels so make sure that you only use trustworthy sites. Remember that your children will also pick up on headlines and things they hear, so if they ask questions, acknowledge them, and pitch the reply according to their maturity.
- Keep to routines. Giving your day structure such as work time, playtime, exercise time, TV time, mealtimes and sleeping time is not only good for students, but adults as well. It may be useful to create a picture calendar and put it up somewhere so everyone can see it.
And the final point above all others is, be kind to yourself. None of us are perfect parents or perfect students so accept that things will go wrong sometimes, accept that you will not always be a ray of sunshine and if you need to stop doing what you are doing and take some time to yourself or come away from the routine, that is absolutely fine.
Stay safe, stay calm and try to create many positive experiences.
Head of Primary