How to Prepare for Back-to-School in the Middle of a Pandemic
by Guest Blogger Jenna Sherman
Even though it feels like summer just started, back-to-school season is right around the corner. Though BTS is always stressful for families, this year is unlike any year before. With the coronavirus pandemic still in full swing, most families are struggling to piece together a plan that will result in the least amount of stress. Helping kids have a successful school year is just as important too, and of course, preventing the spread of COVID-19 is a key priority. To help you navigate these BTS needs and more, we’ve put together this list of helpful tips and resources.
Stress Management Tips
It’s hard to avoid stress right now but there are coping mechanisms and resources you can use to tame tension as you prepare your kids to go back to school this year.
● Start with your daily routine and make sure you are structuring your schedules in a way that will keep stress to a minimum for you and your kids.
● If shopping for supplies has you feeling stressed, you can always shop online instead.
● You can use online guides, like this hand soap guide, to ensure you get the best gear.
● Make sure you have stress-relieving practices for yourself, including yoga. If you’re looking to get started, contact Yoga with Aria to set up an appointment.
Online Learning Resources
Overcoming online learning obstacles may also have you stressed out but proactive planning can help alleviate much of that tension, and keep your kids focused on their lessons.
● Get your kids off to the right start by making sure they have the tech, including tablets, to be successful when learning online.
● Also, be aware of basic digital security practices that can keep your kids safe online.
● Keep in mind that focusing on online learning for prolonged periods can be challenging.
● So be sure to schedule breaks for your kids to keep their brains alert and fresh.
● If you will be working from home at the same time, boundaries will be essential.
COVID-19 Health and Safety Tips
Last but certainly not least, protecting your children and your entire family from coronavirus should be a top focus while the pandemic is ongoing.
● Deep cleaning your home is crucial for keeping viruses and germs at bay, so you may even want to consider hiring professionals to help with this important task.
● Also, make it a habit to wipe down and disinfect surfaces on a regular basis.
● When your children get home from school, have them thoroughly wash their hands.
● Sending kids to school with masks can also keep them from bringing germs home.
The months leading up to a new school can put a lot of pressure on parents and children, especially when there is a global pandemic adding complications to the mix. With some planning and patience, the resources above should help you alleviate some of that pressure. Also, try to leave some time in these last few weeks of summer for relaxation and fun so that your entire family will be refreshed enough to take on the challenges of the new school year.
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