I’ve seen a lot of posts from parents who are freaking out because their kids are home all day, and they are worried about keeping them occupied, keeping them educated, or both. I feel for parents who are anxious about this, especially if you are expected to keep up eight hours or more of “productivity” from your own employer. In truth, your kids are most likely happy to entertain and educate themselves if they are given the space to explore and experiment. Any 1:1 time that you are able to offer your children is invaluable and will serve them lifelong.more you are able to be around and available to engage with questions and support, the nicer it is, but please don’t underestimate the value of kids having some time to be on their own (in a safe place, of course) and challenge themselves. If you have multiple kids, mixed-age play is one of the most powerful ways to learn. Guaranteed, all the children will be learning different things from each other and also developing social skills and conflict resolution at the same time. Here are two resources I find helpful in gaining perspective on what kids really need during this time:
Neuroscience educator Nathan Wallis on hands-on learning and play (audio interview) Read here.
Peter Gray, Ph.D writes on how to help your children make the most of this situation that, though brought on by tragic circumstances, can bring with it an opportunity for children to delve into their passions, increase their responsibility and independence, strengthen their social-emotional skills, he and deepen their bonds with you. Read here.