Parents are overwhelmed. We’re all muddling through this mess together. Remember the expert on the BBC who had his toddlers crash into his on-camera moment interview? We are all that guy now.
Working from home while caring for and (theoretically) educating kids is no joke. This is an overwhelming moment for families, ours included. There have been some good times at our place: epic games of Catan, deepening our understanding of Minecraft and bike rides in the snow. We’re missing hanging out in person with Grammy, but enjoying playing Boggle via FaceTime. But it has been tough, too. There have been meltdowns over food items we’re out of, missing friends and routines and just getting on each other’s nerves. And that’s just the grownups!
I want to support families during this time, especially as we are all mentoring kids on their tech use in a completely different and uniquely challenging scenario.
I’m offering online workshops for parents covering:
- Setting up routines and spaces at home for distance learning
- What should the “screen time” rules be for both recreational and learning tech use during this unusual time.
(as always quality and balance are more important than the number of minutes!)
- How to help kids deal with anxiety during this time.
- How to keep up with news without getting overwhelmed (and being cautious with what news kids are consuming)
- How can social media help our kids keep in touch with friends?
- How can parents mentor kids on social media, texting and gaming during this time.
These workshops are for:
- companies wanting to support their employees working from home
- school communities
- parent/community groups
Here are a few helpful resources:
I spoke to the NYT for this article: Keeping Kids Safe on Line During COVID-19: a Primer
Parenting during coronavirus: What to know about playdates, online learning and more-Washington Post
Comprehensive physical and mental health resources from the Child Mind Insitute