Navigating Back to School | East Texas Moms

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Remember that day the parent became the teacher? Who knew that when we went on
Spring Break that our kids wouldn’t return to traditional schooling for the remainder of
the year. The only word I can think of to describe it really is BIZARRE.

I’m mom to two girls. One now a Sophomore in High School and the other a seventh grader, brand new to Junior High. For me, the idea of distance learning itself wasn’t all that scary. Simply put, they are old enough to know that the work has to be completed. Let’s be honest, they know more than me about these subjects at this point.

And truly, our district is the real MVP here.

They’ve turned our learning from the norm to having the option for distance learning in just a few short months. It is truly remarkable. They’ve provided everything they possibly can to our students within the rules of a pandemic. They’ve met often and with intention each time to keep things moving along as smoothly as possible. THEY deserve a big huge hug….when that’s acceptable of course.

As parents, we are expected to help our kids navigate life. But what about when we are
thrown a curve ball that we just don’t know how to catch or hit? How many of us are working from home (or outside of the home depending on your industry), playing teacher,
cooking or stocking the fridge for 3 meals a day, cleaning up said three meals, trying to exercise daily to stay sane, working to keep everyone from killing each other in the middle of a pandemic where we aren’t supposed to leave our house much and we’ve played that on repeat for months?

That’s right…we are all feeling weird stress from all different angles!

Mom and dad, we’ve got to cut ourselves some slack. We have worked hard to navigate all the unknowns and we’ve worked hard to look at it one day at a time. This is not, nor was it normal at all. It’s tough when there’s really no one who has experienced such extreme circumstances in this lifetime. It’s weird, to say the least, but I just keep thinking there are lessons to be learned here if we lean into it.

Here are a few “TIPS” to making the most of our new norm..or at least the norm for now.

**Take a DEEP BREATH. We are all learning in these new seasons. We’ve been home now for 5 months. Going back to school (if you are doing in person learning) will look different. Stay calm and take it one day at a time.

**Be prepared for more curve balls. We don’t know what will happen once we start back to school. Will there be a rise in cases in our schools, will someone in our own families get the virus. It’s ok to be a little nervous, or a lot nervous. Again, THIS IS ALL STILL VERY NEW!

**Focus on the POSITIVES. While I know it’s not all rainbows and unicorns, I do hope that we can focus each day on something positive to help us stay at least mentally upbeat. This time is weird….did I mention that? And no one really knows how to navigate it, so think of the things you have to be grateful for and focus on those things.

distance learningOne thing we have done as a family is to look at it from all of the angles.

We are a family that lives a pretty busy lifestyle. We have one in multiple sports and one in dance
and on the dance team. Our Fall semester is already looking rather FULL. As we head into the next several weeks, we are going to work hard to remember how to slow down, to spend time with each other!

I truly hope that your Back to School is a great experience and know that you aren’t alone! We are all navigating this newness. Remember to show grace my friend!

I do want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all of the teachers in East Texas
who have worked tirelessly with our kids to make them successful during this time.
Believe me when I say, you truly are the heroes and we are forever grateful for you and
what you do! We love you!

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Meet Beth. Owner/Founder of East Texas Moms Blog. She is a born and raised East Texan who after moving away for 12 years, realized very quickly that coming home and raising a family where the roots are, wasn't all that bad. She has been married to Stephen for 20 years and they have two beautifully unique daughters, Keatyn (15) and Addilyn (12). Beth spends her free time (but really what is that) running, consuming decent amounts of wine and coffee with her friends and enjoying local food. For many years she has run her own businesses from home, which has allowed her to learn so much about who she is, what her strengths are and ultimately lead her to here. She's passionate about her community and being a wife and mom. Though she loves her small town, she often dreams of more sidewalks for riding her bicycle with a basket.