In a time of many unknown variables and significant stress, it is important for us to keep things as structured as possible for our children. Structure can help our children feel secure, minimize anxiety and help keep our children engaged and entertained. One way that we can keep structure in our house, while children are schooling from home for 3+ weeks is by creating a daily schedule, reviewing it with our children and posting it somewhere in the house for the children to refer to so that they know what to expect and have something to look forward to.
Here is a sample schedule that can be adjusted to meet your children and family’s needs:
As many parents are currently balancing the demands of working from home with the responsibility of homeschooling their children, please give yourself the grace to be flexible with this schedule. For example, the schedule may need to be altered to allow for extra screen time during an important conference call. For families with older children, older siblings can assist younger siblings with their studies and engage in activities together to allow parents to focus on their work and promote sibling bonding.
This is a great opportunity to spend quality family time together (ex. Family game night, cook a meal together, family movie night), promote social connectedness by Face Timing with loved ones, complete big projects or tasks (ex. House projects, organizing and cleaning) and engage in self-care (this looks different for everyone- do the things that make you happy!) Many children are missing out on events and activities that they were looking forward to. Asking your children for ideas of activities will allow them to have fun and a sense of control during this trying time. We will be sending out activity ideas regularly throughout the next few weeks to help you and your family keep things fun and engaging!
Alyssa Johnson, LICSW
Behavioral Health ConsultantWestwood-Mansfield Pediatric Associates
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