How Do We Balance Tech While Distance Learning
and Working From Home?

All of America, has been faced with many new challenges during Covid-19.  We are limited on where we can go, how closely we can stand next to one another, what businesses are considered essential, distance learning, and many parents are also working from home. 

There’s no denying that technology has proven to be incredibly useful in this sad time.  We can visit friends and family members through various social media applications, we have the ability to Zoom conference with our bosses and co-workers, and we can access our children’s daily assignments to ensure they are still receiving an education.

What does the future look like?

How has this impacted our society? What changes will we see as a result of this pandemic? For starters, I don’t think we will ever see a snow day or have to make up snow days again.  Additionally, if a child is sick and home from school, it is now proven one can do the work they missed remotely. There will be more hand washing for sure, as well as less touching of the face.  

The strong and confident hand shake, that Learn With Moxie has always felt is very important, might become a thing of the past. How we interact with one another may become less physical. Perhaps, we’ll see a decrease in hugging a friend or the absence of the European kiss kiss. 

Certainly, we will see many more changes that this blog will not get into.  The focus is and always will be on communication skills in the ever abundant digital world our children inhabit.

What home life looks like right now.

I would imagine many of our homes look the same right now.  Children are eating us out of house and home. Three meals a day and snacks in between.  We are sanitizing and washing hands every five minutes.  

We stand in our driveways and wave to neighbors and watch birthday parades pass by. Maybe, you are a family that allows your children to ride bikes and scooters around the neighborhood.  Sidewalk chalk has become quite the fun outdoor activity again.

Parents have become chefs, teachers, cleaning staff, and still try to maintain the myriad of demanding conference calls, and client relationships for their profession.

Take a deep breath. We’ve got this.

There’s no question parents are juggling more than they ever have at this time.  However, we have more time on our hands and we are back to the basics. Things have slowed down quite a bit.  No more running kids to nine million activities, racing from here to there. Sleepovers are off limits. Traffic has come to a screeching halt and the world is quiet.  Quieter than ever. 

I’ve read articles that encourage parents to cut themselves some slack in many ways.  Don’t stress over the home schooling. Many of us aren’t teachers. Some households don’t have all of the technology they need for the number of people who occupy the home. 

I agree with that.  We need to go easy on ourselves right now.  No child is going to turn stupid in one quarter.  If we make a few mistakes, our children will review the material once they return to the classroom environment again.

To tech or not to tech?….that is the question

The articles that stand out the most, are the ones that tell us to relax about allowing our children to play on devices with very little screen time limits during this time.  I understand. Kids really do need to be occupied while both parents are teleconferencing and keeping up with their jobs. 

However, we do need to continue to be mindful of how our children are engaging with screens.  We may be relying on them a bit more than normal, but we still need to give them some structure and boundaries.  They are exposed to tech a lot more now with the distance learning, then throw in the recreational screen time, and it really adds up.  

Yes, it’s wonderful that we can FaceTime with friends and family.  We are in complete isolation at this time. We miss each other terribly, but we can’t just allow them to game and app day in and day out. Boredom is a wonderful thing.  The amount of imagination and innovation that comes out of slowing it down and having nothing to do is extraordinary.  

Family game nights are making a comeback.  Kids digging up worms in the yard and picking weeds with parents is on the rise. Parents and children walking and talking together. Watching Disney movie after Disney movie. It’s magical to see this and incredibly healthy.

Keep up the great work

While living in these times of great uncertainty and worry, keep up the great work parents.  I see you out there in the world walking, engaging, playing catch with your children, and spending good quality time with them.  They’ve missed this. It’s been years, if ever, since they have been given so much attention. 

Throw some communication skills activities into the mix as well.  Learnwithmoxie.com has some great monthly games that you and your children can really enjoy.  Play board games that encourage conversation and engagement. Acrosstheboard.com is a tremendous resource for unique and exciting games. 

Last but certainly not least, keep loving one another.  Maintain faith that this time will pass and we will be better and stronger as a result.  In the midst of a rough storm, we have to remember, there will be sunshine again and a beautiful rainbow waiting for us.  Until then, enjoy the down time. The slowness we have been given and cherish the quality time with our family members. It won’t be long before we are back in the hectic fast paced life we were in just weeks ago. Keep talking!

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