In our last post, we went over some tips on managing a new schedule and how to teach kids at home while our charter school is closed until March 27th. However, the staff at New Vision also recognize that many parents still need to work full-time jobs while their kids are running around the house. Managing these responsibilities can undoubtedly add a lot of stress, which clearly isn’t something that will make the whole situation easier for anyone. In today’s blog, we want to focus on how parents can remain calm in the midst of the chaos.
New Vision Charter School wants to be there for in any way we can for parents and students in Loveland. No matter what the virus brings our way, we are here as a strong foundation that you and your family can rely on for support. If you have any questions about what is expected of students during the school shutdown, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Create a Schedule That Works For You
Every family has its own routine and every person will do things differently. There’s no need to try to fit into any mold that you believe is expected of you. If your kids like to sleep in each morning, and if this provides you with some time to complete your own work, then let them sleep! If you need to put a movie on, or a second or third, while you finally get in a long shower or when you’re on an important video call, feel free to do that! If you want to try to fit in a lesson after dinner while they eat a bowl of ice cream, go for it. No one is judging you and the decisions you make that will keep your family safe.
While you’re on that important video call, when you’re standing in the kitchen trying to decide what’s for dinner, or when you’re trying to calm down a child who won’t sit still, just remember to keep breathing. Take deep breaths in and open your mouth to breathe it all out. Even though our bodies never let us stop breathing, it seems like sometimes we only truly feel that we’re breathing when it comes out in a long sigh of desperation. So keep telling yourself to take full, deep breaths, get your body moving and the blood pumping, and even in the most trying times, you’ll feel yourself relax.
Communicate With Your Employer
Most employers will understand that it’s challenging for parents to work and take care of the kids now that schools and many daycare centers are closed. The important thing is to communicate as often as necessary about any changes in your schedule or about any needs you may have. If you have to work mornings and evenings, be upfront and honest with them about the new schedule. When you show them that you have a plan and are taking action to make sure all essential work is completed, they may be more willing to make adjustments.
Avoid Trying to Multitask
Multitasking isn’t really possible; our brains don’t work that way. What ends up happening is that you focus more on one task and end up doing a subpar job on the second task. This ultimately causes stress and anxiety, reducing the amount of work you could have done had you worked on one task at a time. So when you’re trying to make a peanut butter sandwich for your kids and write up a report at the same time, or even eating lunch while working, just break it up into two separate tasks. Your brain and your to-do list will thank you at the end of the day.
Make Food You Love
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches may be quick, easy, and tasty for the kids, but if you’re craving your favorite pasta with mushrooms and cream sauce, and if it will keep you daydreaming about how delicious it is, go ahead and make it! Doing something for you, even amid the chaos, even if it is just a box of brownies, can make a significant difference in your mood.
The world right now is somewhat chaotic and stressful, but with the right support systems, we will get through it before you know it. The important thing is to not forget about taking care of yourself.
If you have any questions or if New Vision Charter School can help in any way, please let us know!