The challenges of virtual learning are enough to make even the calmest kids (and parents) lose their minds.
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It’s time for virtual class, but your kid can’t find his login information. Or he spends an hour on an assignment only to have it disappear into cyberspace. (Seriously?) Tears and yelling may be the first reaction, but there are better ways to cope — and even succeed — with virtual learning.
Clinical psychologist Kate Eshleman, PsyD, who cares for children and adolescents, has some advice that can help when virtual learning launches your child’s anxiety levels through the roof.
1. Find your calm zone
“Do everything you can to stay calm when a crisis happens,” says Dr. Eshleman. “It’s natural for parents to get upset when their child is upset. But you can’t help your child when you’re not calm, and it can make the situation worse.”
Staying calm doesn’t mean glossing over the issue and gritting your teeth in a fake smile. “Acknowledge and validate your child’s feelings in a calm voice,” Dr. Eshleman says. You can say:
- “I know how upsetting this is. We’re going to figure it out.”
- “It looks like you’re feeling frustrated/angry/sad. Let’s see what I can do to help you.”
“It’s easy to become frustrated with virtual learning,”