With simple guidelines, Teresa was able to help us put the situation into perspective and gradually unravel the fears and questions that were arising on the air, something that can seem quite complicated at first glance.
We talked about emotions, which began as a feeling of surprise, or a neutral emotion without any positive or negative connotation. This changed to routine, and a certain feeling of uncertainty, which opened the way to the concern about not knowing what will happen in the future. Teresa made it clear that it is necessary to explain the situation to children and to speak to them with clarity, without giving them too much data that can confuse them; with a simple pattern, they will feel safe. On an academic level, our students have found it easy to adapt to this situation and have had their teachers close by, which has helped to clear up negative emotions and has made it easier to have a marked routine and a necessary schedule.
If something this circumstance has given us something, it’s time. Time to share with our children, time to get to know them better, time to get closer, time that we would never have imagined, even on vacation. It is the ideal time to educate from love, a way of educating where father and mother agree on the model they chose and that they put into practice without any disruptions. Imposing clear rules and being disciplined at home is not incompatible with doing it respectfully, affectionately, and coherently. It is time to give an example with our attitudes, so children learn that different situations like this can be faced together and as a family. It is fundamental to face life with integrity; there is no better example than this and no better legacy for our children.
In the midst of this debate, the question of a return to normality arose. We must not make a drama out of it, and we must explain the situation to children, speaking with normalcy at all times. We cannot manage the de-escalation in fear, as fear can become a tool of manipulation.
Creativity was a fundamental part of this live show, understood as the ability to solve something in a different way than usual. Resilience is therefore all about being creative. Eight weeks have gone by and now, more than ever, we have to be creative so that we do not lose heart and continue with the desire to continue learning, to continue manipulating, and to continue creating and experimenting.
On behalf of Yago, we thank you, Teresa – it was a pleasure to have you with us. Thank you for your closeness and advice – we are sure that many of our families have already put it into practice.