Back to school during a pandemic? It’s another first for many parents.
As learning goes on now that the Department of Education stands firm on reopening the classes on October 5, schools, teachers, students, and parents like you will be navigating new modes of learning such as online classes, radio and TV broadcasts, and printed learning modules.
You and your child might be wondering about how to survive and thrive distance learning.
Grab your pen and paper and check out these 5 back-to-school tips that will help you support and protect your children while they continue their education:
Even when classes will be conducted at home, it’s best to practice safety measures to lessen the risk of contracting the virus. Gently remind your child about social distancing, washing their hands often, and using sanitizers.
It’s also important to prepare healthy meals that will help boost their immune system and encourage them to take vitamins, do physical exercise, and get enough sleep.
Set up a conducive learning space
Here’s the truth: not every household is conducive to learning.
As a parent, you can still try your best to make your child’s learning a bit more comfortable by designating a specific study area in your home. It doesn’t have to be a new room; just somewhere quiet, well-lit, and free from clutter and distractions.
Pay attention to your child’s concerns
Ask your child, “What do feel about the reopening of classes? What do we need to prepare? Do you have concerns? How can I help?”
If you have a job to attend to or they ask for something that’s beyond what you can give, go ahead and explain your situation. Initiate the conversation – ask them and listen intently to what they have to say. Reassure them that you got their backs as they cope with education’s new normal.
Take care of yourself, too
Your child’s education is important, but so is your own mental health and overall well-being.
As you set up a routine for your child’s learning and for the whole family, don’t forget to include time for your own rest and relaxation. Take care of your health and spend quality time with your loved ones, too. Remember, it would be hard to take care of your child’s wellness if you don’t feel well yourself.
Cover your child in prayer
At the end of the day, your child is God’s child too. Pray for your child and with your child. Prayer is the greatest weapon you can give them. Ask God to protect, strengthen, and give them wisdom even when the country’s current situation is less than ideal.
Be in faith that despite the changing seasons, God’s love for the both of you remains unchanging. After all, He promised that all things would work together for those who love Him, didn’t He?
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 ESV)
Are you overwhelmingly concerned about your child as classes reopen this October?