Certainty and stability are critical to the development of children at any age. And for countless parents across the country, the coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult to keep those qualities intact. Now that a new school year is approaching, it’s more important than ever to help create a sense of structure and safety for your children and help them prepare for a great academic year. Here are some ways that you can do just that:
1. Prioritize Cleanliness
A clean home makes a world of difference when it comes to creating a healthy living environment.
- Start by thoroughly decluttering each room and space in your home.
- Deep clean your home, disinfecting every surface, and making every room shine.
- Develop a solid cleaning schedule that helps you maintain a clean living environment.
- Hire professional cleaners to come in for a one-time or recurring deep cleaning service.
2. Help Transition Your Kids
While adults can sometimes struggle with transitioning, it can be especially difficult for children.
- At least two weeks before school starts, help your children adjust to an earlier bedtime.
- Ensure that your children are getting the nutrition they need each day.
- Explain the importance of safety protocols like hand-washing, social distancing and wearing a face mask.
3. Embrace Online Learning
It’s inevitable: Online learning is here to stay.
- Set a daily schedule in place and use a checklist to keep your kids on task.
- Make sure your kids have a learning space at home that helps them be productive.
- Invest in any equipment and tools necessary for online learning success.
- Establish a digital security plan that will protect all of your devices and networks.
- Familiarize yourself with platforms and software your children will be using so you can help them navigate challenges.
The coronavirus pandemic has created a lot of stress and uncertainty this year for parents and children alike. But you can make the upcoming school year work to your children’s advantage by preparing ahead of time. Keep a clean living environment, ease your kids into their school year routine, and dive into online learning. Before you know it, your children will be thriving in the new normal!