Ms. Cohen shares her advice on staying positive during this time of uncertainty.
Dear Cathedral Families,
I hope you are all doing well during this very unusual time. I know this last week has brought on heightened anxiety due to the unknown, health concerns, and the newness of online learning at home. I am with you in trying to figure it all out with my high schooler and my college student, who was not ready to distance herself from dorm life so early. We have already had moments of quality family time playing board games or going on walks, as well as stress and many complaints of boredom.
Today, I watched a very important webinar called “Parenting and Coronavirus." If you have a chance to watch, you will likely recognize some of the authors and experts on this panel. It speaks to the importance of social distancing as well as leaning into your child’s boredom.
As your School Counselor, and a mom, I want to offer some ideas to help you through this time:
Breathe - find some time each day, even a few minutes for yourself, to breath, exercise, get fresh air, and take care of yourself. Our kids will follow our example of calm and self-care.
Try to stick to a routine - at least for Monday through Friday. As much as our kids may fight it, they crave routine and boundaries. It is okay to let them sleep a little longer or stay in pajamas, but setting up a schedule each day will help. This should include school work, creative time, time outdoors, free time, and quality family time.
Share your gratitude for the time - we often say that we don’t have enough time with our kids. Enjoy and appreciate this extra time each day while we have it.
Technology is finally a good thing - we have been fighting the amount of time our kids spend on technology for years now. Imagine what this time would be like without it? Not only is it okay to give your kids a healthy amount of extra time in their day on their devices, but also point out to them how it is keeping us all connected. They can connect with their teachers each day, have virtual playdates, and FaceTime with relatives they cannot be with in person. Try some virtual dinners with other families, online yoga, dancing, or virtual field trips.
Most of all, don’t forget to take everything one day at a time. We will get through this. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything.
Located in San Francisco, CA, Cathedral School for Boys is an independent elementary school for boys in grades K-8. Our Mission is to provide an excellent education through intellectual inquiry and rigor that is centered in the Episcopal tradition and is respectful of and welcoming to people of all religious traditions and beliefs.