Tuesday, February 15, 2022

How To Help Your Child Enjoy School During Covid

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It’s that time of year when school gathers together for the first time in weeks after the winter holidays. However, unlike most years, a worldwide pandemic is still rife, and for some, Covid-19 might be hindering both their child's education and their child’s wellbeing. In addition, while schools are back (for now), it can be more challenging to help your child to appreciate and participate in school due to the many Zoom classes and other social distancing procedures that your child has had to face. So how can you balance both of your parenting goals while still ensuring your child enjoys school?  It can be difficult being a parent during a pandemic, but here are some tips to make it easier.

Establish a routine for homework and school

One of the best ways to ensure that your child enjoys school is to establish a routine for homework and school. This will help you feel more relaxed and make the transition to school easier for you and your child. Setting a structured day can also make it easier for your child to adapt to the new systems that their school must undergo to prevent Covid-19 outbreaks. In addition, it can help them get used to being back in school after having had online classes beforehand. Make sure that you have a set time each day when your child must be at school. This should include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Additionally, make sure that homework is completed promptly so that you can enjoy your time with your child.  You should also try to sit with your child for a few minutes as they do their homework,

as you can provide assistance and encouragement if they need it.  

Make time for activities outside of school.

One of the best things you can do for your child is to make time for activities outside of school. This
means taking them on hikes, going on walks, playing in the park, and anything else that gets your
child out and active. If you can find activities that are compatible with your child’s schedule, it will help keep them engaged in their education. And by doing this, you’ll be more likely to maintain a positive relationship with them while they’re in school.  You and your child can do many activities during Covid, again like going for walks - but you can also play games with them, like board games, or games around the house such as Hide and Seek.  While your child will likely enjoy and benefit from walking and hiking, they can also benefit from the mental stimulation of playing games with you.

Get organized for school.

One of the best ways to make sure your child enjoys school is to get organized for school. This means setting up a timetable for each day, planning what they’re doing in class, and having a designated area in the house or office where they can study. This will help keep them focused on their studies and away from distractions. Another great way to help your child feel good about school is by providing positive reinforcement. For example, give them medals or other rewards for completing their tasks during school. This will help them feel good about themselves and make studying more enjoyable.  

Help your child with socializing.

One of the best ways to make your child enjoy school is to help them socialize. This means providing
them with opportunities to meet new people, have conversations, and learn new things. You can do
this by organizing social activities with your child, setting rules for when and how they can socialize,
and providing encouragement.  If your child is having particular trouble socializing during Covid, there
are social emotional learning programs for K-12 students available that can help re-teach your child how to interact socially.

Keep your child happy and healthy during Covid.

The first step is to make sure you have enough time for both of your parenting goals. You don’t want to neglect your child in order to focus on your work. Make sure you schedule plenty of activities that will keep your child happy and healthy. If you struggle to balance your parenting goals, set up a rulebook for how much time each activity should be and stick to it.  As well as this, encourage your child to follow the rules that their school sets up to combat Covid, and teach them about Covid in a helpful and caring manner, so you can help them understand how important it is to remain safe during the pandemic.  You can practice safe habits with them, such as washing your hands the correct way with them.

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