Coronavirus has changed our lives in many ways. For parents, one of the biggest changes involves their child’s school schedule and calendar. Many parents continue distance learning as they’re uncertain what the future holds for coronavirus. Other parents use a hybrid version of online and in-person learning. In both situations, parents have many considerations during these uncertain times.
Should my child return to school? Is it safe for my child to return? Should I homeschool? Can I teach my child at home? Can I cope with the added responsibilities?
Protecting your mental health as a parent facing new coronavirus challenges is pretty stressful. If you want to make it through this unprecedented year with your sanity intact, the following tips help you better cope with these new challenges.
1- Be Open to Change
If you’ve learned anything since coronavirus began, it’s that we must prepare for change at any given moment. State laws mandate schools adapt changes to the school year, including requirements to wear face masks. Make sure you prepare for the what-if situations in life. Who will watch the kids if the school is canceled? What happens if you or a family member contracts COVID? Write down answers to these challenging questions to minimize headaches later.
2- Set Boundaries
Quarantine has impacted relationships with family and friends, limiting the time we can spend with the people we care most about. This can make the time you do spend together a bit more difficult than ordinary. Even couples say that a lack of communication is a problem in their relationship. Discuss ways the family can connect during school and after school hours while also maintaining time apart.
3- Self-Care With Talkspace Talk Therapy
Take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally so you can face any obstacles or challenges that come this school year. Do not be afraid to check out Talkspace, an online therapy service, or reach out to friends and family for coronavirus help. Besides scheduling a counseling service with Talkspace, you can practice self-care by:
– Exercising more
– Use meditation
– Getting outside more often
– Take a mini-vacation
– Reflect on your past
4- Be Empathetic
Coronavirus has impacted everyone’s life in a different manner, which can further divide parents, educators, and even other family members. No matter what choice you make for the kids this school year, expect at least one person to show their displeasure with your decision. Acknowledge concerns and worries and make sure you are empathic toward other people and their feelings, especially at a time when coronavirus has hurt us all so deeply.
5- Practice Patience
Patience is critical in any situation in life, including the school year. Be patient with children, family members, friends, neighbors, and teachers, as we all struggle to adapt to the changes. Acknowledge your child’s fears and worries. They may not worry the same way as adults but certainly have their concerns. Be patient and understanding with everyone, including yourself.