If there’s anything that the current pandemic has taught us, it’s that parents play a pivotal role in their child’s education. Teachers are doing the best they can to conduct remote classes, but parents who want their children to truly succeed at this time will have to play an active role in their day-to-day education.
A survey published by the Washington Post reports that most parents aim to continue homeschooling next year as a way to keep their children safe. Indeed, supporting your child’s home education as early as now will give you the tools to continue helping them even well after the pandemic ends.
With that said, below are some key considerations to make for parents who want to support their child’s education.
Acknowledging your own parenting style
It’s natural to want to help your kids when they’re struggling with school, but always keep in mind that the way they grasp material isn’t necessarily the same as how you might do so.
Understanding parenting styles has become increasingly important in today’s society. Angie Walston, an instructor with Maryville University’s human development and family studies online degree program emphasizes the need to recognize that children see the world in a different way. “I’m passionate about child development, proactive parenting strategies, and healthy family patterns,” she explains. “My goal is to facilitate a deeper compassion toward children and their unique perspectives on the world.” This is why the program’s curriculum focuses on how child development is tied to healthy family patterns.
Research in the Journal of Child and Family Studies shows that a positive authoritarian style works best when it comes to supporting kids in a loving and firm way, and yet the line between this and intrusive authoritarian parenting is close. With children needing guidance when it comes to their schooling, understanding and keeping your own parenting styles in check is crucial in order to properly show up for your children.
Working alongside your teachers
It truly takes a village to raise a child, and it starts at school. Firstly, it’s important to remember that this sudden shift towards online learning has thrown many teachers off-balance. Showing up for your teachers gives them the emotional support they need while also showing them that their efforts aren’t for naught.
Surviving this new normal of homeschooling will look different for every family. The Daily Herald points out that parents have to be open with teachers about the struggles they’re facing. This will allow teachers to gauge how lessons should be run and assignments should be handed out. Of course, parents should also be proactive about what they can do at home to address their children’s needs. It might also be worth getting in touch with other parents and forming a kind of support group within the community.
Our previous post on the 6 Ways to Teach Toddler Patience also has a lot of lessons for helping your children with their home education. Patience, kindness, and joy will all go a long way in making education a meaningful experience for your child even if they’re stuck at home. And it’ll make the homeschooling process more fun for you, too!
Written by J.B. Baldwin