Ask any parent what the hardest part of lockdown has been and there’s a good chance they will say ‘homeschooling’.
Homeschooling has tested even the most organised peoples’ time management skills and blurred the boundaries between work, parenting, caring, housekeeping and trying to be a good partner on top of it all.
Coping with everything and staying calm has presented a huge challenge, and has left many parents running on empty.
Now that kids are back at school, it’s time to deal with the fall-out from months of stress.
Some people are feeling guilty that they weren’t patient with their kids when they were homeschooling them, while others are feeling sad and missing their kids now that they’re back at school.
This is a lose/lose situation.
Instead of beating yourself up about your failings as a homeschool teacher, or feeling lost without your kids around, focus on the positives. The kids are back at school with their friends and you now have more time for everything, including self-care.
Systematic learning happens while you are focussing on the important things for yourself, so figure out what’s important for you and move forward in that direction.
So how do you figure out what’s important to you?
Here are some questions you can ask yourself:
- How to be OK being a perfectly imperfect mum?
- How to feel OK with the toys and books thrown around the house? Or a messy house?
- How to ground yourself when things seem chaotic?
- How to get help when needed?
- What are the techniques to cope with the morning rush before school?
- How to discipline kids without coming across rude or angry?
- How to be creative bringing up kids?
Being a parent is a joy but it’s also enormously challenging, tiring and we’re all always learning so go easy on yourself and if you need support, please reach out here.