There are many aspects of our society that make our lives more comfortable, and that’s good. When I need a quick meal while traveling on business, I drive into a fast-food restaurant. When I require a haircut, I text my barber for an appointment, and he “touches me up” in fifteen minutes.

Instant gratification, however, does not apply within the context of the development of our children. Although there is nothing positive about COVID-19 itself, the pandemic has given our world time to imbue a few tools to our youth outlined in the questions below:

How has your child enhanced developmentally appropriate organizational skills during the pandemic?

Has your child grown in self-advocacy and communication to educators during remote or hybrid learning?

Have your school’s educators addressed students’ reflection skills during moments of adversity during the pandemic?

Have your students developed the ability to use connections across subjects to create contexts and find solutions to unfamiliar situations over the past year?

How has your student body’s research of credible sources improved during the pandemic?

Has your school’s health and wellness department equipped its students with nutritional information so that children eat healthy while alone at home for extended periods?

Have your students’ written communication skills improved during remote or hybrid learning?

As our nation prepares to return to in-person learning in the coming months wholly, the questions above demonstrate what a remarkable opportunity that schools and parents have in the remaining months of the pandemic to partner with young people’s comprehensive development. Unlike the fast-food paradigm, we must intentionally cultivate a long-term plan for young people’s full growth. Independent thinking children are instantly made. Schools and families must guide them through scaffolded investment. If your school needs assistance in designing curricula that will address the whole child’s needs, the Graham Group is ready to serve. Contact for more information.

Johnny Graham, President