There is no such thing as a perfect parent, but we often find ourselves striving toward this ideal. Now more than ever, being a "good enough" parent is more than okay. It may be the best strategy to get through the overwhelming stress of parenting during coronavirus.
Back-to-School 2020 Resources for Parents
Virtual opt-in. In-person opt-out. Homeschool pods. Back-to-school season is hectic even under normal circumstances, but as we try to reclaim some daily normalcy while working through a global pandemic, the variety of options available can feel overwhelming. Whatever format you decide is best for your family, we've compiled resources to help support your transition back into the school routine.
While this list is by no means comprehensive, it should serve as a research starting point and supplement to guidance from your local school district to suit your family's needs.
Learning from Home
- Free Lesson Plans and Printables from Lakeshore Learning
- WGBH Resources for Early Learning
- 20 Homework Station Ideas for Kids
- What to Do If Your Child Is Falling Behind in School
- Homeschooling: Which Model is Right for You?
Setting a Daily Routine
- Sample Daily Schedule to Customize for Your Family
- Homeschooling Hacks: A Cheat Sheet for Parents
- Working and Learning from Home During COVID-19
- Resources for Keeping Schedules and Setting Goals at Home
- Managing Screen Time
- How to Support Your Child for a Very Different School Year
Managing Stress and Decision-Making
- How Parents Can Keep Their Kids (and Themselves) Calm and Collected
- Parenting During Coronavirus: 10 Things to Do Before You Reach Your Breaking Point
- Managing Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- How to Handle Anxiety Over Back-to-School Decisions
Safety and Hygiene Resources
- Helping Kids Wear Masks
- What to Do If Your Child is Sick
- 36 Reusable Cloth Mask Brands for Kids
- How to Wash a Cloth Face Covering
- Lead Pediatricians Weigh in On Just How Safe Kids' Sports Can Be During the Pandemic
Finding and Vetting Caregivers
- Tips for Finding and Hiring a Babysitter
- Babysitter Safety: The Conversation You Should Have Before Leaving Your Child
- Signs of a Bad Babysitter
Black-Owned Businesses for Back-to-School Shopping
- Blaque Concepts
- Chic Geeks
- Soapbox Theory
- Innovative Supplies
- Books by Mrs. Berry-Pettus
- Blended Designs
- Brown Girls Stationery
- Happy Mango
Visit our Coronavirus Resources Page for more information from the State of Massachusetts and the CDC.
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