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Covid 19 - Home Schooling!!

With many of us juggling working from home with child care and teaching it goes without saying that most people's stress levels are high! Unchecked, stress can however incur a whole host of long term health problems, so what can we do to reduce it? I believe that we all do better when we have some semblance of a routine and that, children especially, thrive with an established pattern. I also know that setting that up may not be as easy as it sounds, but for everyone's sanity, I believe it is worth the effort.

Depending on the age of the child(ren) get them involved in the planning. Write it down and display it where they will be working, ensuring that play time has also been incorporated and that there is a time in the day when "homeschool" becomes "home" again.

One of the most important things, I think, to focus on is that most of us are NOT TEACHERS and that the majority of other children will be in the "same boat" as yours. If, on some days they spend the majority of the day building snowmen or playing in the garden then so be it. The fresh air will do them good and knowing they are enjoying themselves will do you good. I also think we place a great emphasis on academia but life skills such a cooking, laundry and cleaning are also essential skills to learn. Most schools seem to have a platform to upload photos to and sharing some baking etc can be a great boost to the child's self esteem and their sense of achievement.

One thing that can very often reduce stress is knowing that others are experiencing the same things as you, as the saying goes, "a problem shared is a problem halved" so communicating with teachers/other parents/caregivers is a great idea and a way of sharing/offloading the problems that being at home virtually 24/7 brings. This also applies to your children so, if you have the technology available, organise a group video call/chat with some of their friends/classmates. I'm sure that most of us never thought we would still now be facing some of the "impossible" challenges that Covid 19 has brought us - living, working and schooling within the same four walls and trying to give 100% to all of these, and more...... It’s simply not possible, so please be kind to yourself, pat yourself on the back for the things you are achieving and don't beat yourself up if things aren’t going to plan.

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