I was walking with some great friends this morning and was reminded again that so much of what I share with YOU is also continually relevant for ME and my kids. Funny how that happens… During the typical “how are your kids doing with the …
Today is our final day of intentional conversations within this journey (hopefully not your final intentional conversation with your child! :). This series of questions for today helps model goal-setting and intention-setting – something that will be beneficial to them for their entire lives. You …
At some point during the first week of school, you or your child are likely to melt down. Many times perhaps. And that’s okay. That is to be expected.
None of us have been used to this level of engagement or energy for months. And we have to remember that for our kids, being at school is hard work. Staying focused for that long is hard work. Being a good friend and understanding social cues is hard work. Add a mask to all of this and it becomes even harder. For our virtual learners – looking at screens for that long is hard work. Not having the social relief between passing periods with friends is hard work. Being around parents all day is hard work. (#sorrynotsorry).
And our kids are doing it! Hooray!
But not without a cost to their level of fatigue.
So what would this First Week Fatigue look like?
Don’t start this week by giving out lots of consequences.
Plan ahead to have more of yourself available to them this week.
One final reminder.
Our teachers have been such troopers all summer and as we are entering the new year, they need our support (and the support of our kids!) more than ever. Today’s conversation is about explicitly teaching our kids how to choose empathy, compassion, and grace.
Before you have this conversation, I would encourage you to think about ways to specifically relate it to your child and his/her experiences. This will really help drive the message home for your child.
Below is the video for today’s conversation.
Stay well, friends.
We are on Day 3 of continuing conversations with our kids about shaming. Shame is such a hard word. An even harder emotion. Yet, we all have experienced it and know how horrible it is. The trickiest part about shame messages is that we often …
So for Day 2, I want to talk about being a good friend without getting physically close to one another. Despite any of our own opinions about social distancing, it is clear that being 3 to 6 feet away from one another is a better …
In this time of uncertainty and unpredictability, it is natural for us to feel anxious about the upcoming school year. When I am feeling anxious about something, I try to be even more intentional about conversations with my kids – knowing that if I am feeling anxious, they are probably also feeling something like that, too.
So here is the video for Day 1 of our 7-day intentional journey together. The focus of this video is on TIMING of these conversations, as well as mask-wearing. If you feel comfortable – give me a shout out about how the conversation went!
Stay well, friends.