How to Help Your Daughter Navigate #Back2School in a Pandemic

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#Back2School in 2020 is beyond anything we could ever envision or even properly prepare for. 

And we’re adults.

Imagine how your daughter feels and millions of teens like her around the world.

Whether she’s learning remotely, in person, or a hybrid of both…

…Life as your daughter knew it is different. And may never be the same.

So, it’s important to acknowledge this fact and provide support to help her adapt to today’s new “normal” with her mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being intact.

If you’re thinking “But that’s easier said than done,” you’re right. It is.

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t have all the answers either. 

Which is why I continue to seek out expertise from other professionals with experience in this space.

And today I’m sharing great advice I’ve curated from experts to help you and your daughter navigate our new school environment. 

  1. If your daughter is starting the year off with virtual learning, check out these tips from a noted pediatrician to help ease the transition.
  2. If she’s returning to the classroom, the following are the pediatrician’s tips to help aid a safer transition.
  3. Teens are often more resilient than we give them credit for. Empower your daughter to positively approach this new reality with these five ingredients:
  4. Lastly, the chart below from Dr. Anne Lane, a child psychologist offers alternative ways to frame conversations with your daughter, particularly when it comes to #Back2School this year and the pandemic:

While this school year is anything but ideal, we’re all in this together.

And with continued support from you, other family members, her teachers and hopefully me too, your daughter can not only survive this year, but thrive!

P.S. If you’re feeling overwhelmed right now as a parent, please know you’re not alone. None of us have all the answers but thankfully there is help. If you’re not sure where to turn for tips/ advice, start with the resources in this post. Then continue to check back in here with my blog. Remember, we’re in this together!

P.P.S. If you know a teen and/or parent of a teen who is struggling with tough #Back2School decisions this year due to the pandemic, please pass this post on. Now more than ever we need to be that “village” to raise our children.

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