Going from playroom to study sessions? We know everyone’s current situation is transitioning into new territory, and that can lead to all sorts of emotions.
The best solution when it comes to treading new waters is to bring some familiarity and comfort during these times. Organization can lead to just that.
Here are some tips to help you survive this season of uncertainty:
1. Designate a desk space. You might not necessarily have a desk for your little one (which is fine), but we have other means to make it work. Clear off one seat at the kitchen table for example, to be your kiddos ‘workspace.’ One key element here is to try to keep it free of distractions. If you do have an area in their room you plan on using, steer those Legos or tempting Hatchimals out of eyesight. Remember – this isn’t intended on being a solution forever, but one that will keep you sane and your little one focused. We’re not going for Martha Stuart here.
2. Stock that space with everything they’ll need. A pencil holder, calculator, notebook, or maybe it’s a laptop/mouse/mouse pad. Whatever supplies they’ll need can be within reach and help avoid yelling across the house for mom and dad. Any spare baskets, jars, or small bins you have lying around can avoid loose items spilling onto the floor.
3. Structure your day. This might seem straight forward, but your kids are used to the classroom and what to expect next. Time block using a calendar that’s to the hour of your new ‘school day.’ Tape it to the desk or table, hang it on the wall – anywhere it’s visible. If you can – throw a clock in their space so they can help keep track for themselves. Designate times for certain activities, and don’t be scared to add some screen time in there if that works for your family. Now’s not the time to feel guilty for letting them indulge (and in turn giving you time to get your own work done).
4. If you can, use one of those hours for outdoor play. We know this isn’t feasible for everyone, but if your living situation allows get outside and walk the dog, play catch in the yard, or heck – just open a window and be present for a few moments. This is good for BOTH of you. Our favorite thing to do is play a solid game of 'I Spy.' You'll find what works for your tribe.
5. Lean on each other during this time – share resources with friends, links to free lessons, or host a virtual chat for your kids and their friends (we’ve had a lot of personal success with this). Staying connected can help with everyone’s sanity. Remember, you’re never in this alone. Join a mom’s group on Facebook that resonates with you, or research discussion forums you find beneficial.
6. Lastly, throw your expectations out the window. Nothing needs to be perfect (nor will it probably be anyway). The importance of this experience is to provide to your best ability. Some days are going to be better than others, but at the end of the day if your kid is learning, loved, and healthy – consider that a win.
Still need another personalized helping hand? We have virtual packages to help you space plan and DIY your own projects to get your house in order. We’re happy to help.