You won’t always have much choice about home schooling during the pandemic, but it can be a challenge when both parents work from home. Plan ahead, stay flexible, and use schedules to give everyone space.
Most of us want to do a good job at work, so it’s natural to want to prioritise our own deadlines or work responsibilities. But remember you only have a limited amount of energy. Think about how you can balance everyone’s needs where possible.
Start with a family or parents’ chat to discuss how to make things work for all of you. You could consider:
Schedules help everyone know what they’re doing, and have enough space to do it.
Don’t get disheartened if getting to grips with home schooling feels like a challenge.
Aim to be flexible. Sometimes school work won’t get done when or how you plan. Just try to fit it in again the next day. If it helps, think about different routines. Could you work when the children go to bed? Or try a much shorter school day to give both parents time to work?
There’s been a of change during the pandemic and everyone is learning as they go. Compromise where you can to keep the peace, and be patient with each other.
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