Some advice for parents

I am a teacher – have been for 14 years. Before that I worked in various educational institutes where I taught about the environment, climbing, outdoor pursuits and many more things. What I am saying is that I have been involved in the education and delivery of learning for around 20+ years so some would say I have experience. However, I have a little secret for you…… don’t tell anyone….. promise me……. Teaching my child at home is the hardest thing I have ever done.

For his class teacher (I know her, she is ace), he sits and listens, he works hard, he does what he needs to when he needs to. With me………… think about all the opposites to the above. 

So, what am I trying to say? Online learning is hard for all, but everyone knows the challenges that parents in particular are facing and dealing with at this moment. We know that you have jobs, we know that in some cases you have more than one child, we know that you probably feel pressured to keep up with everything and ensure that you and your child is on top of every thing which our (very well-intentioned online learning) is trying to achieve.

Here is my advice.

1)     Create a timetable for the day, then stick to it as best as you can

2)     Follow the teachers’ guidance on submission and time durations for work

3)     Ensure that in the day there is a range of activity – schoolwork, play, fun, laughter, TV, exercise – balance is key

4)     If it gets too much – STOP, take a break, come back to it later. No one will judge you, no one will phone you demanding to know what is happening. You are choosing to take a break for the well-being of your family, the well being of your child and most importantly your own well-being.

Do we know your children well, of course we do! Do we know what they need in terms of their education, of course we do! But are we with them at the moment and know what they need – no, but you do and we trust you because parents are the most important educator that they will ever have.