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  • Teacher Tells Her Students' Parents To Tell Her 3 Words If Their Child Is Having A Bad Day

    No questions asked, just all love and support!
    by Maria Pilapil .
Teacher Tells Her Students' Parents To Tell Her 3 Words If Their Child Is Having A Bad Day
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  • The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on everyone, your kids included. Adjusting to online learning and staying indoors a lot more than they’re used to can make kids feel more anxious, angry, or stressed out. When you add the issues you go through as a family, there’s bound to be some tension.

    Helping regulate your child’s emotions is something you need to help them with as they get older, and sometimes it’s a difficult process. Not being in the mood to be in school can affect performance — you must remember how it was like before when you’d go to school, but still thinking about family problems. It spills over to your child’s classes, which is something normal and completely unavoidable.

    When your child is going through some tough times at home, try this brilliant idea: Text your child’s teacher these three words — handle with care.

    In a FOX News article, Rachel Harder, a Grade 4 teacher in the U.S., went viral after she gave out notes to parents asking them to give her a heads up if any of their children are having a bad day. 

    The note reads, “HANDLE WITH CARE. If your family is experiencing difficulty at home, I would like to provide additional supports at school. I understand that you are not always able to share details and that’s okay.

    “If your child is coming to school after a difficult night, morning, or weekend, please text me, ‘Handle with Care.’ Nothing else will be said or asked.

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    “This will let me know that your child may need extra time, patience, or help during the day.” She also put in her contact information at the bottom of the note for easy access.

    According to Rachel, the 3-word system has been particularly helpful to students who are transitioning from distance learning to physically going back to school. “It’s important for me to give kids a few minutes of extra time or space — and it’s easy to give," she shares.

    It also gives peace of minds to parents, knowing that their children's mental health is being prioritized. With no explanations necessary, it makes it easier for parents to reach out and ask for help for their kids.

    With distance learning happening in the Philippines, your home has also become your child’s classroom. This might make it harder for your kids to separate school life and family life. If you have the contact information of your child's teacher, suggest this tip or message them before classes start that your child is having a rough day so they can provide the care and attention that your kid needs.

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    While most parents would say they’re far too busy to be more involved in their child’s school life, don’t worry — we get you. It’s tough to juggle all your responsibilities, including staying updated with how your child is doing in school.

    Treat your child’s teachers and school as your partner in raising your child. You’ve entrusted your child to them, and it makes sense to work hand in hand with the school to nurture them.

    When you approach education as a partnership rather than a transaction or daycare, it would make it easier for you to open the lines of communication between you and your child’s school.

    Are you ready for your child to go back to school? Click here for DepEd's guidelines on the proposed pilot run of face-to-face classes.

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