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Managing Homeschooling

With the announcement of school closures due to covid and the nation going into lockdown, most parents were filled with dread at the prospect of homeschooling their children. For parents now juggling working from home with educating their children, here are 6 top tips to support you:

1 Focus on what you can control

Let go of anything that is out of your control and focus on what you can control right now. Choose where you put your time and energy wisely. Learning to think more flexibly will help you to feel more in control of the situation.

2 Daily routine

Ensure you have a daily routine to have some structure to your day. Get up at the same time everyday and try to maintain regular school hours. Break your day down into chunks, scheduling breakfast, mid-morning, lunchtime, mid-afternoon and evening. Take regular child-care and self-care breaks during the day to support your wellbeing. Schedule your day and activities according to your child’s energy levels and build in exercise, relaxation time and moments to be creative together. Keep changing your approach until you get the right result of what works for you and your family.

3 Exercise

Daily exercise outdoors will support mental and physical wellbeing as well as getting some fresh air and daylight. If your children wake up in hyper mode, take them out first thing for some exercise to burn off some energy before they start their school work. This will help them to settle down for the day.

4 Working from home

Set ground rules and establish a routine for your household. Be clear when it is your working time. Set the expectations of the people you work with of how you are managing your time, setting deadlines and minimising interruptions to minimise impact on your productivity. Schedule your working pattern into your diary so colleagues are aware of when you are available and how you are structuring your day.

5 Stay connected

Make a conscious effort to stay connected with family, friends, colleagues to support your mental wellbeing. Build a positive support network around you. Link in with other parents to share best practice. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

6 Be kind to yourself­

Take the pressure off yourself as this is a challenging time. You are doing the best that you can right now and not expected to be a teacher. Just do what works for you. Make time for yourself everyday to support your mental wellbeing and do something that you enjoy, plus helps you to unwind and relax. Be kind to yourself and talk to yourself in a positive manner. If you have a bad day, write it off. Tomorrow is always a new day and just take each day at is comes.

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