One week into distance learning – how are your child’s studies so far?
If you are a working parent, how are you juggling your work-from-home setup while supporting your child’s education?
Do you also wonder and look for ways on how you can manage your full-time work and your child’s learning all at the same time? We got you!
Homeschooling mom and Beyond Small Talk host Felichi Buizon shares 5 practical tips to help you efficiently support your child’s learning while you work:
Identify who is part of your team
You do not have to carry all the responsibilities all by yourself, especially when there are family members who are willing to lend a hand.
Don’t hesitate to seek help from other people in your household, or other people who can offer support. It could be your spouse, your child’s grandparents, or your child’s siblings. It could be your child’s teacher.
Identify who can help you and what help they can offer as you all navigate this new normal.
Learn to delegate tasks and ask for help
Every person in your family has valuable knowledge that they can share to help ease the challenges of schooling at home. List down their names and delegate which tasks they can perform.
Those tasks can range from simply setting up your child’s internet connection or study space, up to explaining the learning modules to your child. Ask if they can also help with some household chores so you can set aside time for your work.
It would also be helpful if you will be transparent with your employer about your situation. You may need to make some arrangements with them about your schedule and workload. That being said, Felichi appeals to employers to be more considerate to parents whose children are learning from home.
Develop a schedule
Before the pandemic, you and your child are used to having school and work routines, respectively. Setting up a structured routine will help the both of you to “stay on track.”
To Felichi, tools such as timers and alarms will help you diligently follow the schedule that your family has agreed on. While you’re at it, do not forget that rest and relaxation are important, too. Include breaks and family time into your routine to avoid burnout and to help you recharge.
Design a learning space for your child and a workspace for you
Even when your home is not always conducive, you can try your best to make your child’s learning – and your work – more comfortable.
Designate a space that is quiet, well-lit, and what’s important these days – a space that has a signal so they can easily connect to the internet. Set up a corner where they can sit comfortably and is free from distractions.
Dialogue with your child
Pay attention to your child’s concerns and ask them what they feel about distance learning. Initiate the conversation and listen intently to their struggles, needs, and feelings toward this new setup.
This is a good opportunity to connect with you child as both of you might be facing the same challenges of being at home. It’s a perfect time to show your child that you hear them, and that you are willing to encourage and pray with them to ease any worry they may have.
As Felichi puts it, “Be a parent first before being a teacher.”
Parenting is a challenging role – and the current pandemic has made it even more challenging. But with proper planning, communication, patience, and a whole lot of prayers, you and your child can thrive through it.
Are you concerned about how you can support your child during distance learning while you work full time?