I don’t know about you, but this school year has been ROUGH. It has only been 6 weeks. We have been in and out of distance learning twice already with my two elementary kids, and my preschooler is just been along or the ride. Poor guy, he really has been getting the bottom of the barrel of my attention these past few weeks. Mom guilt 100%. Add in the virtual disappearance of our support systems and babysitters (no pun intended). It takes a village to raise a child, but what happens when that village is in quarantine? This article from our curriculum provider really helped me realize that I am not failing, I am just overwhelmed. And there is grace. Lots and lots of grace for you, for your kids, and for their teachers. You are so loved, not only by your kids, but by the Father who made you. He doesn’t want you to feel like you are failing. https://theparentcue.org/youre-not-failing-youre-just-overwhelmed/
These articles I also found particularly helpful for my late night brain that worries if I will remember every assignment my kids were supposed to do, was I too hard on my daughter earlier that day, or if we have enough frozen chicken nuggets to get us through the next few days. Wait. Christians aren’t supposed to worry, right? Right. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. If you have been a parent for 5 minutes I guarantee you have worried. These article has helped me get out of my crazy head space and focused on the right things. https://theparentcue.org/10-affirmations-for-the-worried-parent/
And for all you virtual learning parents out there, this one is for you. Breathe. Deep breaths. We can get through this!