One of the hardest parts of dealing with the current state of education is the uncertainty of all of it. As a parent, you’re faced with the fact that you can’t control how schools will proceed in the near future. Children, however, have even less control. If your child is suffering because he or she doesn’t know what the future will hold, you may need to take the following steps.
The first step in helping your child cope is to be as honest as is developmentally appropriate. While you certainly can’t have a full discussion about the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 and schooling with a kindergartner, you can be honest about not knowing what the future will bring. Though it can be tough, your child can walk away from the discussion with the understanding that he or she isn’t alone in not knowing what the future will bring.
Talk About Pros and Cons
Start with the assumption that your child’s current model of schooling will continue for the near future. Talk to your child about what he or she likes about the current model and what he or she doesn’t like. Sometimes it’s helpful for a child to be able to express his or her opinions about a situation even if he or she doesn’t have a great deal of control over what’s going on. Making your child an active participant in the discussion can have a huge positive impact on his or her perception of schooling.
Focus on What You Know
Finally, make sure to focus on what you already know. If you know that your child is going to continue on with online schooling until the end of the current quarter, make sure that you are focused on the end of that grading period. Even taking the time to talk to your child about not focusing on next semester but rather on the test next week can give your child something to look forward to. Likewise, focus on the things in your own life that you can control. Every bit of certainty that your child can get will be invaluable, so find it where you can.