We’ve all been there before, in fact for us Melbournians we have been there on four other occassions. For some reason though, this lockdown has got me feeling anxious. I’m wondering how am I going to keep the house chugging along in the right direction. Whilst navigating home-schooling, boredom and 2 grumpy adults!
Now don’t get me wrong, as a family we co-exist pretty well (most of the time). But with competing schedules and different learning styles, I can guarentee, that by 3pm tomorrow I’ll be ready to throw in the towel.
So i’ve decided to reflect on how you can support your kids through home-schooling. Plus how you can stay sane at the same time! Starting with these interesting facts.
This certainly explains why some kids loose interest really quickly and why older kids can stay focused on a task for longer.
Therefore if you happen to have a child in prep or grade 1 use this to your advantage. Just like they would in the class room. Set up a timer and after 15mins has passed stop the task regardless. This will show your child that you only expect them to focus for the time they are capable of. They will then hopefully reward you by being more willing to try as they know the task won’t go on for ever.
Here are 5 other home-schooling hacks that have worked for me and I hope they work for you too.
When all else fails – head outside and get some fresh air. Our kids mental health is more important right now and being physically active will keep their brains agile and able to catch up when they do return to the class room. It may also be just the circuit – break they need to return to their desk and complete another task.
Or you might like to set up a rewards system. Our boys get the ipad (or since the last school holidays the PS4) if they have completed all their tasks.
However if you are a tactile person or your kids happen to be than I really love this idea.
Create Warm Fuzzy Jars for each of your children; whenever they do something kind or helpful, they can place a pom-pom ball in their jar to represent the warm fuzzy feeling they gave to another person. When their jar is full, they get to choose a special or fun activity to do—with either parent, both parents, their sibling, or the whole family.
If you are anything like me, your brain probably feels like mush, as you try to not only remember, but somehow order the 90 thousand tasks you have secretly told yourself you will achieve today in addition to home-schooling! Or maybe the task of home-schooling has started to weigh you down. We can all start each day with the best of intent, but one small hiccup or comment from said angelic child, can quickly deflate you.
As parents, we need to remember its ok to ask for support and help. Just like we want our kids to do when their struggling. This is not the time to beat ourselves up for not being the “best” parent but rather to give ourselves grace as we parent through a global pandemic crisis.
2. Deep breaths in and out. Remember it is ok to put your needs first. Especially if the day has taken a turn in the wrong direction. Take the advice you would likely give your friends. Fully unplug and reboot – if it works for your computer, it can work for you as well.
And remember, these really are unprecedented times. Each of us will have our own hurdles and walls to climb. Some will be similar to the person next door and some will be different. It may be true that we can’t control what is happening around the world, but we can control the way we respond to what’s happening. We can choose to be gentle – gentle with our kids, ourselves, and our community.
That is it from me today, I hope you have a calm and restful day, one that brings you joy. One free from anxiety and as Positivity and Happiness are Contagious… Start your own Happiness ripple today!
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