“Shuffling the kids from Zoom call to Zoom call was not our forte,” the Dawson’s Creek alum, 43, exclusively told Us Weekly of helping his and Kimberly Van Der Beek’s five kids with their remote learning. “It was not our best moments as parents. We actually said, ‘If we’re not going back, let’s take it at our own pace.’”
The Connecticut native explained that they continued schoolingOlivia, 9, Joshua, 8, Annabel, 6, Emilia, 4, and Gwendolyn, 2, into the summer, adding, âIt was really fun to take a little bit of a more active role in their education.âJames Van Der Beek and Tia Mowry. Shutterstock; Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Shutterstock
As for Thiessen, the Saved By the Bell alum, 46, said that she was having a âhorrible and really hardâ time in the beginning of homeschooling Harper, 10, and Holt, 5.
The actress explained to Us, âI was not cut out for teaching. Thatâs not been something that I was trained to do, but we got our groove after probably the first month.â
The California nativeâs eldest is âextremely social,â she went on to say, noting that the little one really âmisses her friendsâ hanging at home. âPart of her school experience and learning was being there physically, so thatâs been really hard.â
Instead of being with her buddies, Harper has been cooking with her mom. âI feel like weâve been probably made about a hundred [banana breads],â Thiessen told Us. âShe just made another one the other night, but we do a lot of things. We actually grow fruits and vegetables here, which has been really fun. Weâve made tomato tarts and grilled pastas. Weâre always constantly making something. Itâs been a lot of fun to have them at home and involved in that aspect.â
Watch the video above to see more parentsâ candid confessions about homeschooling, from Tia Mowry wanting to ârelaxâ to Rachael Leigh Cook needing an âonline support groupâ to recover from the experience.