Some days are great. Others are hard. More than two months into stay-at-home orders, parents and kids are getting used to the concept of learning from home via video chats and Google Classroom homework assignments.

But there is definitely a void, and the thought of having our children at home over the summer creates anxiety all around.

Our ancient brains crave dopamine, and short-term activities and experiences like video games and social media provide it. But in the long term, these experiences need to be countered with slower types of thinking, planning, and purpose-driven action.

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At the beginning, this transition may feel like turning a huge wheel. But it’s worth the effort: having a sense of purpose can help boost immunity and increase your health and life.

Here are six steps that may help you and your child find a fulfilling pursuit together.

1. Ask your child, “What do you think?” I am always amazed at what even very young children tell me when I ask for their thoughts on important problems they see adults grappling with. You have nothing to lose by asking for your child’s thoughts on important issues. You will be surprised at the depth of her understanding and the freshness of her ideas.

About the Author:

Tara Chklovski, CEO of the global education nonprofit Technovation, a research partner to orgs including the UN, World Economic Forum, Harvard, MIT, Google, and the NY Dept of Education, and the mom of two young girls.