It is late March, 2020. As I reflect on the past two weeks I am stunned by the changes that have taken place over the past 14 days in my life, in my perspective and in the world.
My immediate goal for this website is to provide tools and practices that will help parents and families deal optimally with one another during these challenging circumstances. The tools I will be sharing are generally referred to as ‘the skills of emotional intelligence’.
As many schools have closed, parents, grandparents and families are suddenly faced with 1) co-existing in close and closed quarters with family members who used to leave for work , school and play and 2) schooling their children at home. Many families are also 3) dealing daily with the stress and anxiety of lost jobs, uncertain futures, vanished incomes.
While educators work tirelessly to learn new technologies and platforms, parents have again become the primary educators.
If you are a family member now charged with schooling your children, caring for extended family members (physically or virtually), co-existing extensively with more people than usual or are working with families in these circumstances, I hope you will find the Tools and Resources on this website helpful. If you are a teacher or educational administrator, again, please enjoy and share.
Please feel free to share the information, the website, the tools and my contact information widely. We are all in this together. I know we are all looking for ways to safely share accurate, practical information that will help us all sustainably make choices that will contribute to the wellbeing of all, including ourselves.
I look forward to updating my website with events and reflections from July, 2016 when we moved to Phuket, Thailand on order for me to start the job as the founding Director of the United World College- Thailand for which I had been recruited, to our move to Chiang Mai, Thailand in October 2018, where I resumed my role as an independent educational consultant in emotional intelligence and mindful, ethical, social and emotional learning, to the present, returned abruptly to Taos, NM, from Europe with the pandemic gaining force and reach with numbers of cases and countries infected rising and borders and businesses closing in response.
However for now that update and the many insights gained and lessons learned will need to wait for calmer weeks.
In peace, Amy