As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, people all over the world are witnessing a drastic change in what we know as a “normal” life. One of the biggest changes that have been impacted by this change is school. Schools throughout the nation have decided to offer alternative options to the traditional form of schooling.
Although a few school districts are offering in-person learning, most have opted for Virtual learning options to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Families are experiencing challenges within their household as a result of the new implementation of virtual learning. 75% of households have reported having difficulties with virtual learning for their children.
Some of the reported challenges are: Children are not learning, too much screen time, lack of education support or tutoring, Children can’t focus, parents are not able to assist with schoolwork, and stress management.
It important to understand that virtual learning can be stressful for parents as well as for students. It's important to know how to manage that stress.
Here are a few helpful techniques to help with managing stress.
· Time Management- Develop a schedule, so that you don’t get overwhelmed
· Take A Break- Pace yourself, especially when you feel yourself getting overwhelmed. Take a walk, eat a snack, exercise, etc.
· Build a Support system- Build a team of individuals that can help support the system so that the student knows that they are supported during this journey. This helps relieve the pressure from the parent. Some examples are spouse, friends, teachers, and administrators. Don’t be ashamed to say you need help.
· Be understanding- Just as you are under stress the student is as well, don’t take your frustrations out on them
These are just a few techniques to help you and your family manage stress while virtual learning. Join me on December 9, 2020, for a workshop on how to manage stress and support your student learner.
If you need assistance with managing stress, please contact our partnering counseling agency White Diamond Counseling, Consulting and Coaching