We love our kids – that’s a given – but do we really want to be their teacher as well?
As schools close their gates and we’re forced to keep our kids at home, it seems we have little choice. Still, we’ve been here before, right? We were our children’s first teachers, and we can do it again.
However, it’s important to remember that every family is different and every home has different configurations, so these tips are just suggestions for you to adapt to your own situation.
So, before we start, let’s think about you.
Be kind to yourself. This is not the time to try to be perfect at everything. There are likely to be times of stress, anxiety and pressure – not to mention times when we just lose it. They are times to reset and refresh. There will always be another time for schoolwork, it doesn’t need to be today.
Your work is important, too. If you are required to work from home, you will need to prioritise your time and energy for that important role. But, make sure your employer is aware of your parenting needs as well.
Keep your social contacts. It’s just as important for you to keep in touch with your work colleagues and other friends as it is for your child to keep in contact with their friends.
So, strap yourself in for teaching. It’s going to be a wild ride, but it’s probably going to be great fun as well.