How to prepare for your elementary child to return to school during a pandemic

I am the newest inductee of parents who have made the hard decision of sending their children back to school during a full-fledged pandemic. 

There were a number of reasons for this decision but the most outstanding one is that they were simply not thriving at home. The world has also forced me back to work so the idea I suppose is that everyone has to suck it up and get on with it. 

So after making the decision, I had to find ways to make this comfortable for me and for them. 

Here are a few things you can try: 

  1. Be open about the Coronavirus. Explain why it’s important to follow safety protocols. 
  2. Don’t overshare about the Coronavirus because you don’t want them to become consumed by it. 
  3. Talk to them about how important it is for them to take control of their health by washing hands and keeping that mask on at school. 
  4. Do not go into detail about what happens if they are not vigilant with washing hands because that could lead to some compulsive behaviors such as worrying, OCD, depression, etc. 
  5. If you haven’t figured out by now, there is no real way to prepare. That’s why writing a list really isn’t going to help. 

Pray. Do the best YOU can. Make a decision that’s best for you and your family. Wear a mask.  This is not normal to most of us so let’s stop trying to make it normal. There’s a balance of not living life in fear and being too cautious, find a way to a happy medium for your home, and the little ones in it.

PS. Have you heard? The kids and I created a line of t-shirts! It’s called the Future Voter. Campaign and it’s definitely something they have been excited about in the midst of the pandemic and back to school. They’re limited edition, and we are so appreciative of your support! 

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