We’ve all had moments as parents when you’re looking over your kid’s homework from school only to discover one of the answers isn’t correct. Welcome to the world of homework fails! You’re so proud of them for completing the work on their own, but your eye is drawn to the incorrect answer circled on the page. Then, you burst out laughing. The answer may be wrong, but it is also hilarious.
A mom writes in asking for advice about virtual learning. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are struggling to adjust to virtual learning vs. in-person school, and this mom is no exception. She has two kids who have virtual school. She is required to be present with both at the same time because they are young and need her help. She is struggling with the schedule and organizing, and she is reaching the end of her patience with this new system of learning. Any advice for this mom on how to make virtual learning at home easier for both her and her children?
A mom writes in asking for advice about her daughter. She says her 7-year-old daughter, who is currently doing online school from home, has started “accidentally” pooping her pants. She uses the toilet as per usual to pee. This mom says her daughter told her that she doesn’t want to stop playing with her siblings in order to go to the bathroom, hence the accidents. This mom has tried talking to her “like a friend.” She has tried yelling. Nothing seems to be solving the issue. What should she do?
A mom writes in asking for advice about bullying. She says her child is being bullied at school and that she has actually witnessed said bullying. What are some ways she can address the issue and put an end to the bullying? She turns to the community for support and advice. We’ve included some of the community’s feedback below. But what would you do if your child was being bullied at school?
A mom writes in asking for advice about kids wearing masks to school. Do the ongoing novel Coronavirus pandemic, subsequent lockdowns, and general mass confusion, school has become a hot-button issue. Though laws change from state-to-state, many places require children over a certain age to wear masks if they go to school or daycare. But this mom is unsure of how it really works in practice. Do kids actually keep their masks on? Do kids swap their masks or otherwise break protocol, because they’re kids and don’t know any better?
As we’re approaching a back-to-school season like none other, many parents are looking for non-traditional ways to educate their kiddos. Enter unschooling. Based on the belief that children thrive when they are able to explore their interests without educational institutions determining what and how they should learn, unschooling is gaining popularity amongst parents.
A mom writes in asking for advice about having to quit her job because of COVID-19 related school closures. She says that, because her son’s school will not be doing in-person learning as a result of the ongoing pandemic, she is going to have to quit her job in order to be home with him while he does online school. She asks other parents who may be in a similar situation for advice about how she can make such a massive change work for her family effectively.
A mom writes in asking for advice about the appropriate age at which she could consider leaving her child at home. She says that she is gearing up to go back to work, and now that her son is entering sixth grade, she no longer has the option to use her essential worker daycare, which is K-5 only. She is considering letting her son, who is 11 and will be 12 soon, stay home alone (where he will be doing remote learning) while she works, but she is nervous that he may be too young.
A mom writes in asking for advice about preschool. This mom is wondering if she should just skip sending her 4-year-old to preschool as planned due to COVID-19 and the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. In addition to her preschool-age child, she also has a 1-year-old at home and another on the way. Like many moms, she is flying a bit blind in this new world. Any advice for her?