The October holiday was a much needed break for us all. After a few month of remote learning, the KIS students, parents, and teachers were all tired and in need of some serious relaxation. I therefore hope that you were all able to make the most of this past week!
The idea of returning to remote learning after a week off, might be putting some of your children ‘off’. They know what it’s like, and so they know what’s ahead of them. You might therefore consider looking into some of the resource links below, as they can provide you with ideas of reengaging your child- and helping them to start the term positively.
Please know that it is perfectly normal for your child, or you, to feel exhausted or frustrated with the current situation. If you feel like your child could benefit from some counseling support, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher, Mr. Gerry, or myself.
We are all here to support.
The October Break is just around the corner, and I know we’re all in need of some down time- the students included! Although I would encourage everyone to get out of the city, and enjoy as much outdoor time as possible, I know that’s not realistic option for everyone.
For this reason I’ve put together a list of useful resources you can use to plan fun days indoors with your children over the break. Remote learning is not easy, so do make sure you encourage them to relax, play, and get silly!
Remember to let loose and enjoy some screen-free, stress-free time with you family!
Now that most of you have had your parent-teacher conferences, you might be feeling inspired to try to talk to your child about school, and their learning. Having these conversations, however, aren’t always as easy as they sound. I often hear parents say “I ask them about their school day, but they never give me an answer. Or they say they forgot!”
If you’re interested in having more regular conversations with your child about their learning, and their school day, take a look at these resources. You might find that taking a slightly different approach, helps to open up the conversation:
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher, Mr. Gerry, or myself if any conversations with your child are causing you to have concerns about their well-being or academic performance.
You’re probably spending more time with your child than ever before, and this can be exhausting. You’re helping them with their learning during the day, making their meals, etc. It’s a lot.
Still, when you get the chance, it is still important to ensure that you enjoy some quality one-on-one time with you child. This can help to improve communication during stressful times, and it can help to meet your child’s social and emotional needs. You might even find that the additional time you’re getting with your child at the moment is helping to strengthen your relationship.
Consider the following tips on how to make the most of one-on-one time your child…
As always, please reach out to me if you’re struggling with parenting, or just have some questions on how to handle a specific situation. I’m here to support.
As a parent, it is so important that you take care of yourself, and your own mental health, during these unusual and often stressful times. Unicef has put together 3 self-care tips for parents to keep in mind during the pandemic.
Consider looking through the following resources for more ideas on self-care for parents during the Pandemic:
Remember, if you’re doing well, it will be a lot easier for you to take care of your children.
As always, if you have concerns about your own mental health, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, any time.