School at Home Daily Tip: Call On Your Support Network

These days, as we practice social distancing and stay home to the extent possible, support from our network looks different. While calling on support networks is more challenging during this time, it’s also more important than ever. 

By Momentous Institute | Apr 07, 2020
Call Your Support Network

These days, as we practice social distancing and stay home to the extent possible, support from our network looks different. It’s not as easy as dropping the kids off with a family member, or letting the kids play with neighbor kids while you take care of business. This can take a huge toll on parents and caretakers. It’s hard to be responsible for children 24 hours a day without outside support, especially for single parents or essential employees who are working away from home during this time. While calling on support networks is more challenging during this time, it’s also more important than ever.

So how can we do that?

Try "Virtual Babysitting"

People around the globe are connecting virtually in ways they never have before. Group video calls now replace happy hours and birthday parties. This virtual communication can keep us connected to our loved ones, and can also be used to support us with our children. If you need a ten-minute break to switch out a load of laundry or take a shower, consider calling up a grandparent or friend on FaceTime and ask them to read a book, tell a story or sing a song to your child. For older kids, loved ones can even read one chapter at a time from a longer book, or teach the child a skill virtually.

Don't Forget About Your Own Needs

Our support networks also help us manage our worries during challenging periods in our lives. So think about the people who most support you, and lean on them during this time. Just because you can’t meet up with them in person doesn’t mean you can’t support each other on the phone or by video. We need other adults to talk to so that we’re not putting our worries and concerns on our children. Many of us are used to interacting with people throughout the week, and now we’re finding ourselves limiting our conversations with others simply because we’re not seeing people in person. Don’t let this stop you from noticing when you need support and calling on others.

None of us can do this alone – so don’t forget to ask for help when you need it! We’re all in this together. 

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