I recently listened to this webinar about ways we can support our children during their moments of anxiety. I found it to be interesting and potentially helpful for you all. When you click on the link, you will be taken to a page to register – fill it out and then the link will be provided once you submit your registration. You can listen to it while walking the dog, vacuuming, commuting (for those of you who still have to do that)…
One of the points that the presenters make is providing wait time. This is so DIFFICULT! And I think it is something that is even more part of virtual learning than brick and mortar learning. Teachers are generally pretty masterful at being able to provide the wait time that allows children to figure things out on their own – it is easier for us because we are not their parents (all bets are off when we are the parents of the child :). In our virtual environments, our parents are much more embedding into what we are doing which has many benefits and a few tricky parts. I think it is so hard to see your own child struggle and not want to step in and fix it. At least it is for me, and I don’t even have my own kids (I just know myself really well and know that I would give in a lot)!
So maybe this week-end, if the occasion arises, rather than stepping in to help your child, count 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi, 4 Mississippi, 5 Mississippi before helping them.