Parenting is already challenging. Add in a new challenge of caring and homeshooling your children while working from home and you have the recipe for great anxiety.
We should accept that we will be challenged, get frustrated and feel more exhausted. We may even feel less like a good parent. So what does one do? Start with the basics: plan your day, plan their day, and communicate responsibilities and expectations. Try to stick to your schedule but be flexible and expect things to change suddenly. Things will differ depending on how old your children are.
If you’re homeschooling, set realistic expectations. Remember that when your children are in school, they are not working on core subjects for every minute of the day. They take breaks, play games and do drama, art, music, etc. If homeschooling is temporary (as it is for many of us due to the COVID-19 pandemic), remind yourself that you don’t need to teach your children in the way their teachers do. All you can do is your best. Ensure and check that the tasks assigned by school are done and provide the support needed by working alongside your children. If tasks have not been set, there are many ways in which you can ensure your children keep up with learning. And keep in mind that this is not permanent.
All-in-all, we are parents. Our primary responsibility is to ensure our children are safe, that we look after their basic needs, and that we teach them about morals and principles. Lastly, don’t forget to show your children love and laughter, especially when their normal has been turned upside down too.
Yours in Adapting & Being