Advice for parents during Lockdown
- Posted by: Westhaven
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Helping your child organise their time during lockdown
Do not worry about trying to maintain the full timetable your child had at school each day. Their teachers will be planning an achievable amount of work for them to do at home, including on line lessons.
Follow advice on how to structure the day and organise their time.
1. Set up a space to work
This could be a designated space or area of the house i.e, at a desk or kitchen table that they can access. Use the books, textbooks and other printed materials school has provided or that you already have at home.
You know them best – it may suit them to split work up into shorter tasks or vary the different types of activity. Encourage them to take breaks during the day.
It may be difficult to keep your child motivated or for them to complete all the work school sets them. Do your best to support them and if they’re having problems completing their work, contact the school to discuss with us.
2. Help them structure their day
Without the structure of the school day and without the engagement of teachers and friends, motivation and energy can dip. Help your child set up a timetable that will work for them and covers the set subjects they need to do.
During their day, make sure your child gets up and goes to bed at a reasonable time, has movement breaks between lessons, goes outside (if appropriate), eats meals at the appropriate times and has offline conversations.
3. Keep healthy screen time and monitor social media
Young people can spend a lot of time on social media speaking with their friends. While some communication will be positive for their mental health, the opposite can be true as social media can fuel feelings of isolation and anxiety. Set some ground rules for how phones are used during the day, and keep an eye on your child’s mood. The NSPCC covers some good online safety advice.
4. Mental Health and Well-being
We all know this has been a challenging past year for us all and it’s as important as ever to look out for signs that your child is struggling with their mental health. Unhappiness, withdrawal or anger and higher-than-usual levels of irritability can all point to stress. Make sure they also make time to relax and unwind each day, and leave time each day to have a chat and check in with how they’re feeling. If you have any concerns contact their teacher or there are lots of great services you can call on for support such as Kooth and YoungMinds if needed. Try to limit the time they spend watching the news if it upsets them. Take time to reassure them and be open to talking about their feelings.
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