Dear Parents

I came across this letter today which was a lovely reminder about perspective.Regardless if you are a parent of a human or if yours has a tail, the essence of this letter holds true to all within our family and friend circles.

This letter originated out of the U.K. and is attributed to Sam Henderson, Mar. 20, 2020

Dear parents

You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your kids. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. Youll limit technology until everything is done! But heres the thing...

Our kids are just as scared as we are right now. Our kids not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for 4 weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.

Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behavior issues with your kids. Whether its anxiety, or anger, or protest that they cant do things normally - it will happen. Youll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behavior in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.

What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like its all going to be ok. And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love on your kids a bit more. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.

Dont worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Dont pick fights with your kids because they dont want to do math. Dont scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Dont mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.

If I can leave you with one thing, its this: at the end of all of this, your kids mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those 4 weeks is long gone. So keep that in mind, every single day. Stay safe.

This letter originated out of the U.K. and is attributed to Sam Henderson, Mar. 20, 2020

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