Guidance & Grace for All
Our country is in crisis. Many things are unknown and that is very stressful. It is stressful for us all. Our children are watching to see how to respond to stress and uncertainty. This situation, and how we handle it will certainly shape our children's lives... who they are, and how they handle fear, stress & struggle.
Let's be calm and and kind.
Efforts to regulate our own emotional reactions will have far reaching positive effects. These efforts will be arguably more important than our academic efforts. Research shows us that stressed brains cannot perform well, and that emotional stability is the single best predictor of academic success.
Let's build upon the strength of our relationships by allowing for quality time together, and making memories.
Let's take time to read together, play games, cook, clean and eat together.
These connections will help us all feel less stressed in trying times. More, we will help our children develop resilience and confidence, among other wonderful life skills (including academic ones.) Children will remember how they and their family felt during this time more than what prepared lessons were taught. At the end of all this, our children's mental health will be what determines their success in the future.
Here at The Wesley School we are working together to best meet the social-emotional and academic needs of our students, as well as the expectations set forth by the Bishop, Governor, and State Department of Education. Like you, we are home with our children, working, and concerned for our loved ones that are out being essential. Like you we are watching this situation develop daily. Like you, we are trying to find balance in our new normal, and simply trying to do the best we can within the confines of our own knowledge and abilities. I hope you will continue to seek balance, and grant yourself and your family grace in these trying times.
Share love & be a light.