I’ll be honest with you, my go-to for managing all the highs and lows of lockdown is watching reruns of Die Hard while eating mountains of chocolate. And so here I was thinking that my only anxiety around moving down alert levels would be about whether or not I would fit into my favourite pair of jeans again – ever! But, as I lay on the floor squirming and trying to do up the button, I realised that, in the big picture, there was plenty more to be anxious about – including getting my teenager back to actual school (and weaning myself off the chocolate!).
What would that transition look like (the transition to school, not the transition to no chocolate)? Who would find it the hardest – me, or her, or her poor teachers? Would she listen to all the new rules around mask-wearing and social distancing? And what about the other kids, would they listen? Would school still be a place of connection, learning and fun or would it turn out to be just as disconnected as e-learning except this time it’s the teacher nagging her rather than me? My guess is that I’m not the only one getting in a slight state about this. So let’s look at what the transition back to school might be like for our kids and how we can support them.