11 Tips To Help You Survive Online Schooling

As online schooling has become the new normal, children and parents are struggling to adjust to the format and how to make this new school year a success.

Here are some tips that may help your child during the school day:

1-have a designated area for your child to work that is set up like it would be in school (e.g., a desk or table)

2-provide regular snacks throughout the day to increase brain function, maintain metabolism, and create energy in the body

3-have regular exercise breaks that include standing, walking, yoga, etc.

4-create a schedule for the school day including breaks and homework time

5-blue light glasses to reduce eye strain due to increased screen time

6-schedule fun activities such as a video chat with friends or a bike ride

7-encourage your child to attend their teacher’s office hours for additional support

Parents need support too as this is a new experience for us all. Below are some suggestions on how to take care of yourself:

8-schedule breaks in your work day to check on your child’s progress with schoolwork as this will decrease the need to do so in the evening which is a busier time (dinner, nighttime routine)

9-give yourself at least 15 minutes per day to do something enjoyable for yourself (take a bath, gardening, watch a TV show, read a book)

10-have at least 20 minutes a day of debriefing time with another adult (friend, spouse, parent) to process through the challenges and successes for the day

11-advocate for your child if they are needing more support from the teacher

Online schooling may seem easier in some respects but it requires more self-motivation for children and more hands-on support from parents. It is necessary to take care of your overall well-being in order to deal with the frustrations and challenges that will come with online schooling and relying on technology. Patience will be in high demand. When in doubt, take a deep breath and refocus on the task at hand.

Michelle A. Culver, LMFT