It’s still 2020 and nothing is normal about this upcoming school year. You’re probably deciding whether or not to send your child back to school or to do virtual school. You’re weighing the pros and cons of both options. Maybe your school district made that decision for you. Maybe you’re completely overwhelmed yourself. You’re likely grappling with the pressure of such a big decision, while also wondering how the heck you’re going to talk to your kids about it. Well, here are a few tips:
Know that you don’t have to have this conversation perfectly to have it! When something is big and scary and we don’t talk about it, the anxiety just grows. So know that simply holding space, encouraging a conversation, and letting your child know that you are there for them has the potential to decrease some of that anxiety. You’ve got this!
Marissa Wilson is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) at Lifeologie. She teaches psychotherapeutic yoga and works with adolescents to help them be themselves. Marissa believes that every person (including tweens/teens) already has what they need to heal, but sometimes our “okay-ness” gets stuck under layers of self-protection and hurt. To find out more about Marissa, check out her biography.