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I’m working and trying to keep my kids in online school!! It’s exhausting!!

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  • #22980
    a1advocate
    Keymaster

    I’ve been working from home, and trying to keep my wits about it all! I mean, my employer is pretty supportive about my need to be flexible. But at the end of the day, I’m pretty exhausted! My son is doing ok in the online world, but I worry he is not getting enough socialization! What are others doing to address this. I desperately need some ideas!

    #24584
    pineapple_shortcake
    Keymaster

    Hi a1advocate! I too am working from home with a teen who is doing online school. I have been trying to support their attempt to stay connected with their small group of friends. My daughter has come up with creative ideas to socialize. Last weekend, I took her to her friends’ home where they decided to have a picnic at a school across the street from her friends home. It was a cold day and they brought blankets and practiced social distancing and brought snacks to share with each other. They brought things like sippy cups, oreo cookies and brownies. It was a fun and silly experience for them and helped them feel connected in the planning and then actually having their picnic. I am not sure how old your son is, but my child is also involved with online games such as Among Us and Minecraft where they meet their friends and play online. School has been challenging because I cannot just drop everything when there is a need for help. So, what I started doing is letting them know my work schedule daily and letting them know that I can be available to help if there is help needed after I get off from my shift. I give them the opportunity to read, play games and/or choose another activity if they get stuck and cannot work on another school task. I have learned that being flexible with them helps them to learn flexibility with me and themselves. It is a hard time for all of us and we can get through this together!

    #24587
    a1advocate
    Keymaster

    That’s a clever idea PS – yes I do think that my son would be doing better if he could have some social time with his friends that is not ‘on the screen’.

    His best friend lives on the other side of the city, and they had the opportunity recently to have an outdoor play date recently. However it’s just not enough! It’s hard coming up with new ideas – so what you have shared is helpful.

    As you say – flexibility is the key!

    #24588
    a1advocate
    Keymaster

    That’s a clever idea PS – yes I do think that my son would be doing better if he could have some social time with his friends that is not ‘on the screen’.

    His best friend lives on the other side of the city, and they had the opportunity recently to have an outdoor play date recently. However it’s just not enough! It’s hard coming up with new ideas – so what you have shared is helpful.

    As you say – flexibility is the key!

    #24589
    a1advocate
    Keymaster

    That’s a clever idea PS – yes I do think that my son would be doing better if he could have some social time with his friends that is not ‘on the screen’.

    His best friend lives on the other side of the city, and they had the opportunity recently to have an outdoor play date recently. However it’s just not enough! It’s hard coming up with new ideas – so what you have shared is helpful.

    As you say – flexibility is the key!

    #24590
    a1advocate
    Keymaster

    That’s a clever idea PS – yes I do think that my son would be doing better if he could have some social time with his friends that is not ‘on the screen’.

    His best friend lives on the other side of the city, and they had the opportunity recently to have an outdoor play date recently. However it’s just not enough! It’s hard coming up with new ideas – so what you have shared is helpful.

    As you say – flexibility is the key!

    #24591
    a1advocate
    Keymaster

    That’s a clever idea PS – yes I do think that my son would be doing better if he could have some social time with his friends that is not ‘on the screen’.

    His best friend lives on the other side of the city, and they had the opportunity recently to have an outdoor play date recently. However it’s just not enough! It’s hard coming up with new ideas – so what you have shared is helpful.

    As you say – flexibility is the key!

    #24592
    a1advocate
    Keymaster

    That’s a clever idea PS – yes I do think that my son would be doing better if he could have some social time with his friends that is not ‘on the screen’.

    His best friend lives on the other side of the city, and they had the opportunity recently to have an outdoor play date recently. However it’s just not enough! It’s hard coming up with new ideas – so what you have shared is helpful.

    As you say – flexibility is the key!

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