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When Rita Pike asked if I would share my distance learning tips for an article on the award-winning digital media platform Her Agenda, I was excited to chat.

I was also nervous. After all, I’ve never had a child start kindergarten in distance learning during a global pandemic before. What advice did I have to share? Then I remembered: no one has had a child start kindergarten in distance learning during a global pandemic before. We are all just figuring this out as we go.

And I have been putting a lot of energy into the figuring. I’ve been observing my kids closely, collaborating with their special education service providers, re-reading child development books from grad school, and digging into emerging research and best practices for distance learning for early childhood. I know that I appreciate when other people share their learnings with me, so I am happy to share my learnings with Her Agenda and with you.

I told Rita that my distance learning tips boil down to two main ideas.

1) Maintain perspective of what’s important (with the help of a framework inspired by the scientific method); and

2) Communicate respectfully with everyone involved.

Here’s more of what I told Her Agenda:

Quote from freelance writer Emily P.G. Erickson in her agenda

If you’ve got kids in your life who are learning online right now, I hope you’ll read full article, Millennial Moms Share Tips on Distance Learning This School Year, to see if any tips speak to your specific situation. And, please, if you have tips on distance learning this school year, share them in the comments!

Her Agenda where Emily P.G. Erickson was interviewed

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for popular digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, Verywell Mind, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Previously, Emily researched PTSD for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and earned a master's in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com.

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