If anything is for sure it’s that; we didn’t plan for this, we never expected it and we could never have prepared ourselves or our children for what 2020 (and now 2021) would bring.
The pain and heaviness of the pandemic has brought sorrow to many, and if your family has faced a bereavement as a result of COVID-19, we are so very sorry for your loss.
If you have faced financial hardship or redundancy over the last year, we hope that you have been able to access some help and have people to support you.
Perhaps you’re currently doing the work and home-school juggle, wondering when things will return to ‘normal’, or perhaps there are other circumstances in your family which make day to day life a struggle.
Whether lockdown has (so far) been heavy, happy or a huge mix of experiences for your family, you are not alone, and at the NPI we want to encourage you in your parenting during this trying season.
A recent blog post by Fegans had some great tips for any parents currently on the home school journey, which we’ve copied here to encourage you today:
1 – You need to be more realistic. Just let yourself off the hook about education. You are their parent, not an educator.
2- Ask for help. If the technology is hard, ask for help from your other kids, from the school, from friends or grandparents. If your child needs someone to read over their work, send it to an Aunt. Although you are home alone with your kids, use your network to keep you going, People love to help.
3 – Be a team. Whether it is just you and your kid, or you have a partner and quadruplets think of yourself as a team. You are in this together.
4 –Focus your children down onto their core work. You can really help here, teach them how to prioritise and break big projects down. They don’t have to do it all right now. Let them slow down.
5- Keep your routines going. Go out for your exercise, Eat Lunch at a normal time, Keep play times.
6 – Keep the fun, once work and school are finished for the day, switch off your laptop and put your phone away.
7 – Endorse your kids, find aspects of what they do and praise them specifically. Also, give yourself some credit, you are doing brilliantly.
8 – JUST DO ONE DAY AT A TIME!
(we recommend the rest of the blog, which you can find here)