Is School out Forever? A Parents Guide to What’s Next


In this episode of Building Us podcast, co-hosts Erik Garcia, CFP® and Dr. Matt Morris, LPC, LMFT chat with guest Dr. Ashley Brooks, LPC, LMFT, the Director of Counseling at Restoration Counseling. They discuss ideas on how we can manage working from home and educating our kids from home.

Episode Highlights:

  • Erik introduces Dr. Ashley Brooks. (00:45)
  • Erik explains that every family in America with kids is into this new world of having to work from home and homeschool or supervise their kids. (1:09)
  • Erik discusses the uncertainty of how school will look in the Fall of 2020.  (2:57)
  • Matt explains how that limbo creates anxiety, and anxiety creates distress. (4:25)
  • Ashley shares how she manages work and homeschooling her kids at the same time. (5:17)
  • Matt asks, is the idea of school uncertainty a challenge for other families? (10:11)
  • Ashley says that she has heard a family say that this distance learning has been a great experience for them despite the difficulties they’ve had. (11:46)
  • Matt explains that the opportunity of seeing your kid in a more relaxed environment affects the kids’ sense of anxiety and behavior. (12:10)
  • Do the parents and kids think that school has to be the way it has been or could it be in a different way? (13:36)
  • Erik shares that the tension of what people are doing with their money and the tension of what they really believe in life oftentimes don’t align. (13:57)
  • Erik asks, how can he align school with family? (14:31)
  • Erik mentions that parenting is the hardest job that any of us have to do. (17:46)
  • Matt shares that some parents consider not physically going to work or office. They would want to be at home and participate in educating their children. (18:36)
  • Erik mentions that we currently living in an economy that is 70% consumption (21:27)
  • Ashley shares a creative way of getting the kids involved in helping at home. (34:59)
  • How do we get chores done and how do we have fun and include all of those pieces into that seven day week and plan that out?  (36:19)
  • Erik says that people should allow financial planners to offer them guidance or help them through the decision making process. Because the process is as important as the financial solution. (50:51)

Key Quotes:

  • “I think that whole giving yourself a break is really important and recognizing that we all have different expectations of ourselves as parents, employees, as business owners, or whatever that looks like, we all have expectations and, some of us are have higher expectations than others.”- Dr. Ashley Brooks
  • “Whether I’m working with someone who’s trying to tackle debt or trying to make big behavior changes regarding their finances, set small goals and small victories because I think a lot of small victories will lead to a bigger victory, and celebrate along the way.”  – Erik Garcia, CFP®
  • “The last few months have given people giving families giving parents a chance to test out some different ways of doing school that align more closely with how they want to live as a family” – Dr. Matt Morris, LPC, LMFT

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