‘A stressed brain is a scattered brain’: Why emotional wellness is critical for learning

“When a child is supported in their emotional wellbeing, they have a better ability to function cognitively and to concentrate.” (Seventy-Four / Getty Images)

After spending much of 2020 at home unsure of what learning might be like, and after the 2021 school year got off to an even more unpredictable start, it’s safe to say that having a child has never been more stressful be.

And if your reaction to your child about the pandemic (and any stressful situation) was “don’t worry, we’re fine,” you can be doing more harm than good, says Dr. Serahni Symington, expert in child counseling and play therapy.

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