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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Parenting During A Pandemic

The role of parents during a pandemic, the requirements of self-isolation, Access to free resources, learning can be fun!

Parenting During A Pandemic

The pandemic has changed all our lives, and family members have been together at home for the last few weeks due to the requirements of self-isolation. I have noticed that the parents of school-aged children and their teachers who are not allowed to be together in school settings are those who are experiencing a great deal of frustration.

(1) Concerns about self-isolation requirements

1- Many children do not have an established routine and they sleep missing their internet sessions with their teachers.

2- Parents do not know how to help with the lessons assigned, especially math.

3- Relationships between parents and children are strained because the schoolwork either does not accomplish or takes hours of arguing before it is accomplished.

4- The fact that, despite lack of effort or progress removes motivation, students will be passed.

5- Some parents and students have just given up, and they are no longer making school part of their lives.

(2) Suggestions to overcome difficulties related to work or schoolwork

If you are experiencing any of these or other difficulties with regard to schoolwork, perhaps some of the following suggestions may help:

1- Become a partner with the child and his/her teacher to set goals, learn strategies and share responsibility.

2- Try "power working". Set a 15-minute alarm during that time your child will work hard and focus completely on the task. When the alarm rings, you will set it again for the same amount of time and allow the child to do whatever he wants. I think you will be surprised to find that completing all the work takes two or three cycles! (This technique works even for adults).

3- Access to free resources such as Khan Academy to help with difficult concepts.

4- Help the child to learn life skills such as telling time, counting, cooking and writing because these things will remain with them forever.

5- Encourage and participate in reading activities. You can listen to a child’s reading, or read to the child or share a book with each of you reading one page at a time. Think about the interests of the child and choose books in those areas. Choose biographies for teenagers as these usually provide nuggets of wisdom to overcome difficulties. 

(3) The role of parents in helping the child

Watching kids neglect tasks while spending hours on technology can be frustrating for adults. Learn how to set and enforce limits for using it. Plan interesting activities to do as a family. Make sure kids understand that school is their job. Your attitude will directly impact their attitudes. 

I always believed that your job as a parent is to work yourself out of a job! This means that you will help your child learn to live healthy and independent manner. Pandemic or no pandemic, this goal does not change. 

Here's the good news: You have learned so many things throughout your life, and you have been able to reflect on ways that helped you. You may not be a teacher, but you can both use, as motivation, your love and desire to see the child succeed! Do not be afraid to be creative or to seek help from other friends or family members. 

Learning can be fun! You just need to commit to investing some time, energy, patience and praise so that you and your child can succeed!

Elsayed Farouk

Arabic-Egyptian translator and blogger - I share my experience in a simple way that suits everyone..... (مترجم ومدون عربي مصري - أشارك خبرتي بأسلوب مبسط يناسب الجميع)
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