To all parents, guardians, family and friends,
You’re doing great. Although you might be experiencing disruptions into your daily routines – whether you are working from home or your child is home from school – this does not mean you are incapable. Instead, may this be a time to surprise yourself and affirm your own endurance, discipline, confidence and resiliency. You are more than enough!
This is also a time to consider what’s essential. We are realizing now more than ever the myriad ways our children can learn and engage from home, but this does not mean that you as the adult must ensure all that is available is in front of them. Instead, it means you and your child get to make a choice in how to have a productive day. It doesn’t have to be everything, but it can be anything.
Break down the day with what you and your child need: Food. Bathroom breaks. Hand soap. And then, supplement as you can. Use these inspiring, incredible resources to fill thirty minutes, maybe an hour or two. Ask how your child is doing. Ask yourself how you are doing. Take a walk together. Have a snack together. Read a book alone to offer some space. Then do it all again the next day. And give grace to both you and your family if even a small part of your day was productive. Trust that you are all doing your best.
We are, too. We’re inspired by your tenacity to empower your family, and we admire your effort – hour by hour, day by day. Learning is everything, but time matters, too. Time together.
Link to Microsoft Family Learning Center here: https://education.microsoft.com/en-us/resource/755e5a8b