How are WNY families doing one week into studying & working from home?

Posted at 11:26 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 23:26:04-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Colleen Aungst has two children studying at home, and one toddler. She says trying to maintain a schedule for three kids - who each have different schoolwork - can be challenging.

"I think we're all still kind of learning best practices and what works best for each kid," she said.

She's also a professor at Syracuse University, with students who also need her help. But she's following her own advice, and sharing it with others.

"Go easy on yourself, go easy on your kids. Be flexible and keep an upbeat and positive attitude. We have to keep this fun because we're all in this together," said Aungst. And someone who's having fun is her nine-year-old son Declan. He's working with his father on starting a Youtube channel.

"It's probably going to be some video games and how to do them," said Declan.

While not going to school might be cool, Declan does miss some parts about it. "It's fun but it also has disadvantages because I don't get to see my friends that much," he said.

But Aungst said she's grateful to all the educators in her childrens' school districts.

"The educators here are phenomenal, they have been working so hard to make sure our kids have everything they need," she said.

So the rules in her house are flexibility and fun. That's what helps her get through the day, along with some Honey Lavender Stress Relief Tea.