A View from a Former Teacher + Mother of Two
Bless our teachers. Watching them work their magic with grace and enthusiasm reminds me of the superpowers all teachers possess. It’s incredible to imagine that they are in charge of managing children in the classroom, their children at home part time or possibly full time, and possibly their own child’s schoolwork. I used to always joke and say being a teacher was like having 15 tabs open on your computer at all times; I imagine that number has multiplied quite a few times over.
Teachers are working so hard and doing their best.
While we’re so incredibly appreciative of the hard work and dedication of these teachers, the inner-over-worrier in me (maybe you too?) continues to worry about whether my own children are faring in this virtual learning landscape of 2020. The elements I think about the most lately: screen time exposure and Zoom fatigue.
Each virtual learning day, it’s a blessing to be able to hear the beautiful instruction coming from the speakers of my son’s iPad, but what I rarely hear is his own voice. Logistically it’s just not possible. Chaos would ensue if our kids were allowed to speak as freely as in their traditional learning spaces. The kids are asked to mute and stay on mute. Again. This is a must for any learning to happen. The result (at least for my child) is he wants to talk to ME (of course) mostly in the middle of his teacher’s instruction. This can also lead to them becoming disinterested, bored, and complete disengaged, or as we’ve all read about recently, develop Zoom fatigue.
As a working mom, I myself am also trying to balance emails, zoom calls, my children’s virtual learning, and more. Working moms need help right now. They need new tools that help with the stress that is specific to life as a working mom in 2020.
As we’re reaching out for help during this work-from-home, learn-from-home strange bubble we find ourselves in, is virtual childcare REALLY the answer? More screen time?
Over at Flexable we are working hard to make the virtual childcare experience the complete different from what is now the remote learning norm for schools. What you can expect when your child hops on a virtual class is laughter, chatter, and engagement. They get to truly interact and engage. I know from my own children, their time spent socializing with their peers is way down, and it concerns me. They walk away from Flexable’s sessions having had rich conversations, something THEY created, and feeling like they were seen and heard. Even better is our Always There Childcare virtual offering, for when your sitter falls through. This one on one, child-led time is just for them. Our customers are surprised at how engaged even their three to five year olds are; however, we are not. We hand-selected our hosts, and they ooze pizazz and love for their content and children. Our hosts have topics and content they are excited to share, but are always first excited to hear from your child about their day and find out what they are excited about!
While more screen time may not feel like the right answer, sometimes one hour completely uninterrupted is the difference between finishing an important deadline, meeting, project, or getting a hot meal on the table before soccer practice. It’s the difference between feeling accomplished for the day or not; I’m sure many of you are in the same boat: crossing off even just ONE important thing off that ever-growing to-do list means you won for the day. And for your child, it can be the interactive, meaningful activity they needed most that day. Virtual Childcare with Flexable can do that for you.
Meet Miss Caylin:
Hi! I’m Caylin Charrie, I’m from Pittsburgh, PA, and I’m Flexable’s Community Lead. I’m a certified elementary and middle level teacher by trade with a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology. I spent 10 years teaching public school, but ultimately I never could find that harmony that creates inner peace when you’re a working mom, so just about two years ago I made the decision to be home with my children (Geno – 7 and Emilia – 5). Working with children and teaching is part of my identity, so when I saw the opportunity to work with a company whose mission is to create innovative childcare solutions for working parents, I felt like that could be an amazing fit. I dove in early 2020 onto our powerhouse team of strong intelligent people who are working for this common mission, and I’ve never been happier. I love creating content for our hosts, training and onboarding new hosts, creating relationships in our business development, and supporting our customers!