Wow! 12 months ago, none of us expected this did we?
Shops, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, and schools all closed. A lot of us working from home. The global Covid pandemic has dramatically changed our day to day lives.
One of the most challenging changes for many of us, has been home schooling our children. Even more challenging trying do it during lockdown, with the added difficulty for some of us of doing this while we adjust to working remotely ourselves.
Well, that’s about to change (again) as schools start to go back to face to face teaching from next week.
Being confined to our homes means an impact on social connections, children can miss out and miss the structure of school. Some thrive, but some can find this exceedingly difficult.
The Impact of Home Schooling
This can have an impact on our children:
- Becoming withdrawn
- Overreacting to small issues
- A change in eating habits
- Lack of attention and focus
However, now everything is changing again. For some returning to school is exciting and something to look forward to, for others a time of dread. This can be stressful and cause anxiety, but all is not lost.
What can we do to help our little ones, and ourselves, during these unusual and difficult times?
Accept the Stress
We all need to do the best, that’s the most we can do. Don’t put too much pressure on you or them, no one expects these circumstances to be the same.
Fresh air and exercise
Go outside – it’s still allowed, even though it’s limited. While we may not have the choices we once did, you still need to get some fresh air. Spend time in the garden, go for a walk – try to do it every day.
Time for you
Make sure to get some time for yourself. Watch something you want to on Netflix, listen to music, read a book, just do something for you.
Spend quality time together as a family. Perhaps making sure to have meals together, going for a walk, play a game, whatever you choose to do, do it often. All that time spent helping with schooling may feel like you’ve see them more, but quality time is the most important time.
Return to the classroom
Another change, but a move towards toward normality. There’s light at the end of the Covid tunnel, but things can still feel uncertain with the amount of change we have experienced already. There’s no guarantee that there won’t be another lockdown or more home schooling, the future is still uncertain. How do we manage even more change like this, on top of what we’ve already been through?
That’s one way to look at it, but let’s try it again.
Let’s look at it from another perspective
There’s now a vaccine, more than one, and it’s working for multiple variants of Covid-19. The Government has a plan (I won’t get political here) and it goes all the way to showing when they can lift all of the current restrictions. We’re at the tail end of this pandemic, we’re moving back to ‘normal’. And we know we can do it, because we’re here and over 12 months through.
One more thing to help
Reframe it, replace the negative with a positive. Things can always look better when we just take a step back and look at them from a different angle. Take the 2 paragraphs above, the same information from a different perspective can make something feel completely different. It’s always worth taking a breath and reviewing the situation from a different perspective – replace the negative with a positive.