Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many schools have decided to go virtual this school year. As a parent, it is your number one priority to keep your child safe and healthy. However, online learning has many parents feeling stressed out. Many working parents are wondering how to balance their work schedules and their child’s class schedule. Others are trying to figure out how to calm their child’s nerves while also unsure about what the school year will require of them. These emotions are entirely normal to have, and I hope to help ease some of your worries with the following tips on making this school year worry-free for your child!
Distractions, Distractions, Distractions
In an at-home environment, children are likely to get distracted by various things; whether this is siblings, toys, or electronics, it is very easy for a child to lose focus and get off task. As a parent, you can help your child with focusing by reducing the number of distractions in the area while they are completing their schoolwork. Try designating room in the house to strictly be for school or taking away electronics and toys until the school day is finished.
Sitting inside at a computer all day is exhausting for anyone, especially children. Consider giving your child breaks throughout the day. These breaks would be most beneficial if they were spent outside or doing some form of physical activity. Physical activity during online school will help your child loosen their muscles to reduce joint pain and issues in the future; it can also help re-energize our child. Re-energizing your child in between classes or activities can help them refocus. There has also been research claiming physical activity can help improve academic success.
Encourage and Listen
Keep in mind; your child is feeling a lot of emotions during this time. They probably aren’t interacting with their friends as much as they would like, and they’re being forced to adjust to a whole new style of learning. These changes can be too overwhelming for any child, so it is immensely important to be a positive force for your child. Create open lines of communication and encourage your child to discuss how they are feeling with you. Try to come up with realistic solutions to their problems together. If they are struggling to grasp the concepts presented in one of their classes, try to set aside time in your schedule to sit with them, listen to their teacher’s instructions, and offer help to your child after class. You know your child better than anyone, you know how they learn best, and you may be able to explain a concept in a different way to help them understand. However, it is also essential to not push them too hard, they may be feeling a lot of pressure from many people right now, and you do not want to add to that. Remind them that you are there to support them and will assist them in any way you can.
Remember, this school year is bringing about a lot of changes for your child, which can be very overwhelming for them. However, you can provide them with resources and support to encourage them throughout the year. This school year brings about new obstacles for all of us to overcome but keeping a positive attitude will do wonders in overcoming them!
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