It is essential to look after your children’s wellbeing in such a difficult time. Here are some ways to help them cope without school during the coronavirus lockdown.
A tough time for families
With schools closed up and down the country, life is in a state of uncertainty. While children may be looking forward to a long summer without exams or schoolwork, the lockdown won’t be as idyllic as they might imagine.
They will have to spend extended amounts of time cooped up indoors with parents and siblings while being unable to socialize with their friends. Tensions within many households will rise, and many kids will find themselves struggling to handle the tricky emotional situation. The financial and personal pressures their parents are facing will only put more stress on the household.
Establish a consistent routine
Without early morning school runs and homework deadlines, it can be easy to discard routine when it comes to your children. However, structure is essential for maintaining a sense of normalcy.
Your child’s new routine could consist of a few hours of schoolwork in the morning, followed by a lunchtime walk and some time devoted to a creative hobby, such as drawing or playing an instrument. Help them to keep in touch with classmates and friends via Zoom or Skype video calls, and spend as much time with them as possible. Don’t leave them to fend for themselves.
Get outside when you can
Although government advice says we should spend as little time outdoors as possible right now, exercise is still an essential human need. Children need time outdoors for their physical and mental wellbeing, and it will shake off some of the claustrophobia of being stuck in the house.
Taking a lunchtime walk as a family or going for a short bike ride around the park will boost everyone’s mood. Just ensure your children understand how they should be taking care to maintain social distancing precautions.
Continue their learning at home
For a lot of children, education has been effectively put on hold. But this doesn’t mean you can’t help them further their learning at home.
There are many online resources available to help you keep them on track when they return to school. For those unlucky enough to be facing exams, there are plenty of revision resources to test their knowledge and help them practice for the SATs, available here.
There is a lot of doom and gloom in the news right now. You’ve probably already observed the negative effect this can have on your mental health.
Help your kids by limiting their exposure to negative stories about coronavirus. They should, of course, understand what is going on and how they can keep themselves and others safe, but it’s not healthy to spend too much time thinking about it.
Adapt and overcome
Whatever measures you put in place to help your children cope with the current situation, take stock now and again to make sure they are working effectively. Perhaps have a review at the end of each week to discuss how your family is holding up and what steps you could take to make life easier for everyone.
Things are challenging right now, but they will get better in time. Look for the silver linings where you can.