Taking a Break from Distance Learning
Spring Break is arriving at the perfect time for children and families to unwind, relax, and detach from our daily lives. If you don’t have any plans for spring break, and you’re wondering how to use this time to enjoy your family and shake up the repetitiveness, consider the following “staycation” options. Hopefully, these suggestions will encourage family fun and bonding while still adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Remember that whatever you choose to do is okay. You are not expected to be a travel agent, homeschool teacher, or party planner. Give yourself a break and a pat on the back for continuing to parent, work from home and survive during this local and national crisis. This New York Times article is a reminder that it’s okay if you aren’t renovating your kitchen or refreshing your flower beds. We are all doing our best and that is enough. Engage with your family in a way that feels right for you, but don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself. Remember to take care of yourself, staying mentally and physically healthy. There is no “right” way to parent in a pandemic.
Many parents are working from home and serving our community as essential personnel. If your family falls in this category, thank you for your amazing service!
Tips for Family Fun
Spring break is also a great time to get outdoors with your family. The mental and physical health benefits of time in nature are numerous. Even in a time of social distancing, there are multiple options for taking advantage of the great outdoors, including the following.
BREC Parks and Recreation System. (n.d.) Refresh with BREC. Retrieved April 6, 2020, from http://www.brec.org/index.cfm/page/playandgrowprosREFRESH
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Lorenz, T. (2020, April 1). Stop Trying to be Productive. New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/01/style/productivity-coronavirus.html
Temple Health. (2020, March 25). 5 Tips for Staying Connected while Social Distancing. Temple Health. https://www.templehealth.org/about/blog/5-tips-staying-connected-while-social-distancing
Alicia Kelly has served as a School Counselor at Episcopal since 2001. As the Middle School Counselor, she has a passion for helping preadolescents reach their potential, academically, emotionally, and spiritually. Alicia holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, master’s degree in health sciences- rehabilitation counseling, and is a Certified School Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor.