As we try to cope with our new normal, worry about the economy, and try to homeschool our
children we need to make sure we take a minute and take care of ourselves, too. These are scary times and children pick up on the stress that you are feeling. One of the best things you can do to take care of your children is to take care of yourself. This will look different for different people. For some, it will be maintaining a workout routine. For others, it might be a hot bath after we get the kids to bed. Whatever it is, I encourage you to find ways to help you manage your stress during this difficult time. Thankfully, there are many options. Although your favorite gym may be closed, we can still exercise by taking a walk, jogging, yoga, workout videos, treadmils, etc. Use whatever you have available. Physical activity is an excellent way to manage stress.
Meditation is also an excellent way to deal with stress. There are many videos on YouTube and different apps available to help you with daily meditation. Some of you may find comfort in daily prayer.
Many teachers feel at a loss as to what to do for our students and have tried to help parents by posting videos, ideas, and activities online. The activities from the teaching staff at Learning Tree are only meant to be helpful and not to add stress or pressure. Don’t worry if you aren’t getting in hours of homeschooling every day. Children are confused and scared, whether or not they can voice those feelings; you may see evidence of their insecurities reflected in behaviors that differ from their norm. Even if they don’t understand completely what is going on in the world as a whole right now, they do know that their daily lives have changed. No more preschool, many are no longer going to day care, parents are working from home, and no play dates are just a few of the ways children have seen their lives changed. Just spend time with them. Play. Make a blanket fort. Have a picnic on the living room floor. Hug them. Read to them. These simple activities bring fun and calm into an otherwise confusing world. That is what is important right now. Although it is tempting to follow the new cycle closely as it seems things are changing hourly, put down the tablet or phone for a while and give yourself a break from the news.
As difficult as this time with all the unknown and uncertainties, use this time to reconnect with family. We have been having family game night almost nightly at our house, and I can say I am enjoying the extra family time with my children. Use this as an opportunity to slow down and appreciate those closest to us and the ones we love. Wishing you and your families all well during this difficult time.