As we start this week of being at home with our family, we want to share something from Emily W. King, Ph.D, Psychologist and Learning Advocate:
"Parents: What we are being asked to do is not humanly possible. There is a reason we are either a working parent, a stay-at-home parent or a part-time working parent. Working, parenting and teaching are three different jobs that cannot be done at the same time.
It's not hard because you are doing it wrong. It's hard because it's too much. Do the best you can.
When you have to pick, because at some point you will, choose connection. Pick playing a game over arguing about an academic assignment. Pick teaching your child to do laundry rather than feel frustrated that they aren't helping. Pick laughing, and snuggling, and reminding them that they are safe.
If you are stressed, lower your expectations where you can and virtually reach out for social connection. We are in this together to stay well. That means mentally well, too. "
Abintra families, we are not expecting you to teach all of the subjects and require your children to complete all of their assignments at this time. Right now, focus on your child's strengths and passions. Let them feel successful at home!
We know you are their greatest teacher in so many ways by just being connected. We value the time you create together as a family at home over any worksheet or online model.
When we return to school, we do not have academic expectations. We only hope that every child felt loved, safe, and well during this health emergency. We will share our varied experiences and, as always, support every child exactly where they are. No one will be behind. We will all just be on the other side of a pandemic.
During this time we offer you tools and availability without judgment or expectation. We are truly here to be available, not to make you accountable.
We know that everyone is doing the best they can with what they have, it's always enough, and you are always enough.