How School Closures Can Strengthen Your Family (greatergood.berkeley.edu)

 

Here in the U.S., millions of families are dealing with school closures. The number of students around the world whose education has been interrupted by the coronavirus is approaching 400 million, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

As closed schools ramp up for online learning, we can retool in our families, too. Here are three practical ways families can copeβ€”and even thriveβ€”despite school closures, event cancellations, and a whole lot more time at home with the kids.

1. Create some structure around work and school at home now. 

2. Connect with your clan.
Social distancing is painful. We humans need social connection to feel safe. Those of us who live in families have a built-in way to counter the feelings of isolation that social distancing can cause. We can hug our kids and tickle their backs. We can share our meals togetherβ€”all of them. We can relax and read and watch our shows on the same couch in the same room.

3. Embrace not being so busy.
This is likely to be unsettling at first. We Americans feel important rushing from one commitment to the next. Busyness makes us feel significant. Having more time to take care of ourselves can feel indulgent in a time when sacrifice is called for. But one of the best things that we can do for others is take care of ourselves. We can better ward off illness when we are mentally and physically healthy, and this puts us in a much better position to help others.

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