Helping You and Your Child Calm the Worries
Well, I’m sure you’ve heard that your child’s school district is returning students to school soon… including your own kids. It has literally been a full year since most students have physically been in the classroom with their peers and teachers. Instead, they have been home with you, a loved one or all alone with a laptop trying to learn virtually. I’m not here to offer an opinion on whether kids and teachers should return to school right now, but I’m well aware that many are feeling worried about it – whether they want to go or not.
You are not alone with that feeling. As a parent of a toddler, I too had to make this decision with my husband to determine if our daughter should return to daycare. I mean, let’s be real about it: There are many unknowns. So many questions that may need to be answered – with your child’s safety, mental health and academic wellbeing as the top priorities. It can be helpful having some information on how to prepare for that first day back – for you and your kiddo (big and small). So let’s get to it…
Feelings of Guilt
As a parent or caregiver, you must make decisions you feel are best for your family. In this case, many are deciding whether or not it’s best to send their child to school or keep them home (if they have the option) during the COVID-19 pandemic. In comes the parent guilt!
Okay – slow down here!
Take a moment and consider the reason that you are sending them back to school right now. Is it mandatory? Are your kids missing their friends? Is their mental health declining? Has your child staying home interfered with you working? Are they struggling to keep up with schoolwork? If you answered ‘YES’ to any of these questions, then it sounds like you have some important decisions ahead.
If you decide that it is best to keep your child home, that’s perfectly fine. You are doing what you feel is best for YOUR child. On the other hand, if you decide that there are more benefits for your child to return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic, then it’s time we talk through ways to help everyone in your household be prepared… For many families, anxiety can come up when there are a lot of unknowns and “what ifs.” We cannot change or control the unknowns, however it can be helpful for your family to focus on aspects that you CAN control.
First off – let’s make sure that you are aware of the latest COVID-19 precautions that are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click this link for Maryland specific guidelines.
Click here for a helpful checklist to determine the risk of your household with the COVID-19 virus. This can also help in determining whether you decide that your child attends school in-person or not.
Here is a list of my tips to help guide you along your way! Feel free to download the printable checklist to have on your refrigerator so the entire family can see the plan.