Jackie and Michael had no idea what to do. They had gone to classes and read all the books in the library. They even had dinner dates with friends who told them everything they would need to know, but now that the time was here, they felt lost. Jackie and Michael just got home from the hospital with their new little bundle of joy, Veva.
Veva was a good baby, even though she was only three days old. She only cried when she was hungry or had a dirty diaper. She was very alert for a newborn. Walking through the door now, though, with Veva in Jackie’s arms, the world seemed a lot bigger and a lot scarier than it used to. But, unlike hobbies or fads, this was one you never gave up, and they were so happy to have their own family now.
It didn’t take long to get everyone together for the stickball game, since everyone was home from school. We all tried to keep our social distancing appropriate, and Andy didn’t have to worry with Baxter at bat, the ball would be flying a lot farther than six feet. Baxter trained his eye on the ball as Andy wound up the pitch…
When the day has ended and you have said goodnight to your home that is replete only with family or with no one at all, remember there is still tomorrow because you are still subsisting and there is confidence that tomorrow will bring less sickness, less death, less sadness.
Wake with a new dawn Tomorrow will be better Because it has to
Kids are home. Teachers are virtual. Parents are home. What should parents be doing to reinforce learning and support teachers?
Parents will always be a major teacher in their children’s lives. Teachers right now are working hard to provide appropriate education so students don’t fall behind. Parents should be encouraging students to complete all of the work assigned. Parents should also be talking to their children about what they are learning. Keep it positive though! Don’t add more onto the plates of students at this time, above and beyond what they are capable of. Even children are stressed right now because life is so different. Keep that in mind when helping kids learn.
Why is this a big deal? For one, you don’t need to be the bad guy. There doesn’t need to be a bad guy! Learning should be fun and a positive part of life. Secondly, your children should know they can turn to you at any moment for help or advice. If there is a lot of strife in the home over learning, children will shy away from asking questions. Finally, every child needs their parents and guardians. They have unfortunately lost their normal schooling, keep the relationships at home positive with some consistency. Kids need it.