When schools around the country abruptly stopped in-person learning last spring, many parents had one endpoint in mind: September. We’d slog through the Zoom classes and meltdowns and clinginess, push through the summer, and by the time fall rolled around, we’d be able to send our children back to school and reclaim some level of normality.
But recently a growing number of major school districts, from Los Angeles to Houston, have announced plans to start the new academic year online. New York City has said children will be in the classroom, at most, three days a week.
For some parents, the extension of online learning into the fall, as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, is a relief.
For others, it is devastating — and for many, it is a bit of both.
“It is an impossible situation,” said Annie Snyder, a senior learning scientist at McGraw-Hill. “There is no good solution. So we have to build the possible out of that impossible.”
With September not too far around the corner, here are some practical and emotional strategies to start working on now before we do this all again.
Take time to acknowledge your feelings about the spring.
Some children and some families actually really flourished in the spring; others did not.
Kim Allen, a human development specialist at North Carolina State University, told HuffPost that one of the most powerful steps parents can take at this point is to take the time to sit with whatever emotions we have about last spring, good and bad.
“Parents need to start to process all of those feelings about it,” she urged. Tell yourself that what you felt was valid and real, and don’t try to simply ignore it.
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