A few weeks ago the phrase "back to school" represented not only the joy of the children, but also that of their parents. This return, after a long summer vacation and having managed to manage their work schedules with their children's activities, meant a respite for the parents and an encounter with their friends and school for the schoolchildren. But, from one moment to the next, everything changed.
We went from two weeks of social isolation to more than 40 days and currently, to virtual classes. At this point in the quarantine, I think we have all managed to assimilate and understand what is happening and what the rest of the year will be like in school.
The educational centers that were previously the allies of the parents, where they could leave their children, trusting in their safety, teaching and that gave order and structure to the schoolchildren and parents; They became less empathetic entities and enemies of our tranquility. The different classes, the new modality and the accumulation of tasks, have increased our stress levels as parents on a large scale. We feel not only responsible for the care and protection of our children, but also fully responsible for learning ALL the lessons provided. What stress!
How can we handle it?
1. Explain to children the new routine
In other words, let them know that the new class methodology this year will be from home. They should know what the new situation will be and not be hopeful that at some point in the year they will return to school.
2. Involve them in accommodating the place where they will study daily so that they feel comfortable
Involving them in this will make them have a different attitude towards the new situation.
3. Establish schedules for their academic activities and organize moments so that they can virtually connect with their closest friends
This will help them feel accompanied by people of the same age.
4. Conditioning games, which used to play before, to the spaces of the house
The recreation and adaptation of these games will be a challenge and a way to make them complicit in something fun.
5. Alternate, with family members, the division of household chores and the accompaniment of children at the time of their classes
This will allow the child's caregiver (s) not to become overloaded.
6. Seeking support and exchanging ideas with close groups will help caregivers find other ways to handle various situations and feel understood about what is happening.
Finally, parents must be clear about their role, which in these cases is to accompany their children with their tasks, this does not mean being teachers, but being facilitators. Let's take that extra weight off ourselves and don't lose our main task, to be parents.