This temporary page is dedicated to supporting families during COVID-19. With school closures and work-from-home measures put into place, there can be an increased stress for caregivers to maintain their responsibilities and care for their children. Please click on the COVID-19 for families menu to view all resources and articles available.
During high stress situations, research and experience often states that structure and opportunity to connect are critical pieces to establishing normalcy and a sense of emotional self-organization.
I will be posting examples of activities and learning environments to support both working and non-working parents with setting a schedule.
Some general tips:
- Set clear expectations; gather your children and co-create the rules together including what they need to work and phone accessibility.
- Manage screen time; balance online resources with hands on resources
- Invite your children to be part of lesson planning; what are their interests? Build a love of learning and a sense of empowerment. We are in a stage in the world where there is no control over what is happening and we can support our children to have areas where they are in control.
- Integrate holistic health, including focus on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Model how to self-care and encourage expression.
- Make time to be outside and on the land, whether that is the forest in the backyard or the small area of grass behind the apartment building. Take walks and make time to bring in earth knowledge. Remember the land is our mentor and she provides us with teachings to be inspired by even if our knowledge is limited.
- The schedule does not need to be rigid, but fluid enough to have structure and opportunity for flexibility. Remember, it is home not school.
- Take note of the work you need to do from home and align it with individualized work for your children.
- Incorporate time to learn together, model simple home education experiences like cooking, cleaning, seed planting and traditional teachings.
- Know that it is ok if one day the schedule does not work out; we are human and not machines. This does not mean we have failed. One tool we will be able to learn is how to be flexible; be open to shifting the day but continue to encourage structure.
- Limit news exposure (for you and the children). Be informed but be mindful of rumination.
Every schedule may look different because every family is different. I encourage to build something that makes sense for your children and know that it is ok if it is not entirely or mostly ‘school based’. We have all been thrown into a novel situation and it takes time to gather our bearings. Remember that right now, YOU are the most important person to your children right now. You are their safe haven and you are their security.
Stay safe, wash hands and please practice social distancing.