10 Top Tips for Parents during Lockdown
04 April 2020
Repeat after me: I will survive! Yes, the lyrics of a 1970s song have a message for all parents who are struggling with the combination of home schooling, lockdown and everyone at home at the same time.
- Be there or be square
This is an uncertain period for you and for your child. Let them know that you are there for them. Being there for them emotionally will make a big difference to their mental wellbeing. This will also ensure that they can use their emotional energy to focus on their school work.
- Create order
Organise every room in your home so that it can be used optimally while lockdown lasts. It is essential for each child to have an individual working space where they will not be distracted.
Declutter as much as possible.
- Maintain a balanced routine
Establish a daily routine — it might differ from family member to family member — and stick to it. Set up a designated time for learning but allow for some flexibility.
- Help your child to establish what they can access from home
Help your child to do independent research as to what is available in the form of books (apart from textbooks), resources and websites on the internet. This would not only make their work more interesting but it will also be useful.
Remember that all Answer Series study guides are available as e-books.
- Monitor your child’s learning progress
Give them space. But be involved. Depending upon the age and maturity of your child he/she will either need less space and more involvement, or more space and less involvement.
Make sure that you know how much work needs to be covered by your child. Monitor their progress on a regular basis.
- Set up a reward system
An occasional reward will ensure that your child remains motivated.
Think creatively — a promise of an outing once the lockdown is over, a sweet treat, or even exemption from a specific chore for a day.
- Allow for leisure
All work and no play leads to… boredom. Boredom leads to no motivation. No focus.
Allow time for TV-watching, chilling in the sun, social media or a board game (also see Tip 3).
- Listen to your child
This is a time of uncertainty for all of us.
Answer their questions truthfully. If you don’t know, say so.
Allow them to share their feelings, fears and anxieties with you.
- Don’t nag – a gentle reminder will suffice
The more you nag, the less your children hear. During lockdown tempers are more likely to fray as it is. A gentle nudge should do the trick.
- Look after nutrition, exercise and sleep
It’s important for everyone in the family to maintain a balanced diet, get some exercise without leaving the property and to keep to a consistent go-to-bed routine (also see Tip 3).