Is remote school stressing you out?
Several stressed out parents and really smart experts were kind enough to speak with me for this story in the Washington Post.
“We’re a fly on the wall in a room we were never meant to be in,” said Robyn Silverman, host of the How to Talk to Kids About Anything Podcast.
When parents overhear a teacher calling on their child when they are unprepared, or when we overhear a not-nice interaction with a classmate, “you can’t help but put yourself right back there” to your own school experience, said Silverman, who has a son and daughter who are learning at home.
“As much as possible we need to separate our kid’s experience from our own,” says Tina Payne Bryson, a psychotherapist and co-author of Whole Brain Child. If your heart races when you see emails from their teacher, you can try to center yourself and separate your experience from your child’s, says Bryson.
But parents need to be aware when their own school experiences can affect how they react to their children’s.
Psychologist Regine Galanti reminds us to remember that remote school is putting an “impossible burden” on parents and that self-compassion is needed.
Read the rest here, including some tips on how to deal with all the email and texts and other communication coming from school.