If you are homeschooling your child or taking part in remote school from home, a lot of worries can come up for you. You may be wondering if you’re succeeding in teaching your child, or perhaps you’re stressed with how to get to work when your child needs you at home.
Here are some tips on easing worry and stress when schooling from home.
Hire an At-Home Teacher or Tutor
If you’re finding that you’re being strung all over the place in your professional and personal life now that your child is doing school from home, you’re not alone. Many parents have been facing this challenge.
If you can afford it, hiring an at-home tutor to help with your child’s studies is an excellent idea. It can take some time off of you so that you can get back to your work and run errands. If you have a partner, asking them to take a shift with your child’s schooling while you work on some things is another possibility.
If your child is attending public or private school remotely from home, see what resources the school offers for parents during the time that it’ll be remote. You may have the opportunity to send your child to school again.
Take Time to Yourself
Alone time is essential for any person, but especially for parents. It can get overwhelming and stressful to constantly worry about whether your child is doing their work, how many chores you need to get done, and getting the food in the oven for dinner.
See if you can schedule with your partner to give each of you a specific period or day of alone time each week to recharge. This time may save you and your mental health.
Talk With Other At-Home Parents
No one knows your situation like those who are also going through it. If your child has recently started working remotely from home, you can see if there are any resources or groups for parents of their school. You may find that the school’s PTA is still up and running. Make friends and share tips with each other to work through your worry.
Try Switching Up Your Routine
If your current routine is causing too much worry and stress, don’t fret! You can switch up your routine to better suit your needs. Here are some ways to slightly change your routine so that you’re not constantly busy:
- Have your child work on schoolwork at the time of day that they’re most productive (whether that be in the morning or at night).
- Have your child attend classes alone and work on homework with you in the evening, like they would at regular school.
- If homeschooling, develop a new schedule for your lessons that fits better around your other commitments.
- Offer rewards to your child for independent work and study.
Remember That All Children Are Unique
If your child seems to be struggling with at-home schooling, you’re not alone. Education from home has had a direct impact on many children and parents. It can be a stressful thing to change a child’s regular routine.
Remember that your child may need time to adjust to their new classes and lack of social interaction. You will also need to adapt to having your child home more often. If your child or children are struggling, offer them as much support as possible, and remember to validate their feelings, as well as your own.
Whether you’re worried about homeschooling or have decided to have your child do school from home remotely, you may be feeling stuck, scared, and unsure. Remember that counseling is always an option, and a trained therapist may be able to help you work through your feelings of worry in this transition period.
About the Author
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.