It’s been a week since school started in my kids’ school district. All students are learning virtually and at some point, when the time is right, they will return in person. I had some trepidation about it. These questions ran through my mind.

  • What will we do when technology fails?
  • What if one of our devices goes on the fritz?
  • How do I balance my work schedule with my kids’ needs?
  • What if the cat jumps on the table and video bombs my son’s class?

Of course, things don’t always go smoothly when it’s a new endeavor. Technology is not going to work perfectly. Navigating different websites, portals, checklists, and more can be overwhelming when you first start using them.

As parents, it’s important that we manage our own expectations and emotions. Remember, our kids are sponges, and we must consider that when we react. Here are a few simple questions you can ask your kids as they navigate the new way of schooling. Even if your kids are having face to face instruction, it is different for them.

  • What worked well for you this week?
  • What didn’t work well for you?
  • What specific activities or habits should you stop because they prevent you from being as successful as you can be?
  • What specific activities or habits should you keep doing because they are helping you succeed?
  • How can I best support you? What can I specifically do to help you?

These questions are a simple and effective way for your kids to reflect on experiences and decide what things they want to change in order to move forward. It provides them with a level of ownership, accountability, and resilience for their own success.

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