Having twins or triplets or even one child is challenging and not just physically, but mentally too as they almost always have different personalities, interests, likes and dislikes.
With distance learning resuming for many this week, you may be facing the undeniably challenging matter of juggling work, life and school with making sure your child or children are engaged and learning.
Its unfortunately not a one size fits all approach to parenting. You may feel overwhelmed and stressed, worried that your children’s routines are being disrupted again.
Here are some tips to manage this change in pace to keep your sanity and stress levels at bay.
1. Get organised. Prep meals and snacks the night before. This will save you time during the day, and fed children are usually easier than the hangry ones!
2. Take breaks if you or they need to. Sitting in one spot for hours on end as you learn or work online isn’t good for your mind or your body. Stand up and stretch, take a short walk and get some fresh air.
3. Set a schedule, but also allow for flexibility. Get children involved in the learning process and allow for distractions and frustrations. setting small goals allows to instils responsibility and accountability.
4. Positive Feedback. Children may miss receiving reinforcement and reassurance from teachers that they would get in the physical classroom. Try building a reward system to help maintain motivation.
5. Be kind to yourself. You are a parent, and employee and now also again a teacher. It’s not easy, so don’t beat yourself up about it if you are all having a bad day. Understanding your childs temperaments, their strengths, their shortcomings and helping them along is good for your wellbeing too.
Here are some tools to help bring about some balance, order and control (calm) in the household.