Parenting in a Pandemic: Strategies for Remote Learning

By Harita Patil|3 - 4 mins read| February 02, 2024

Introduction

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to families worldwide. In the early 2020s, when the entire education system switched to remote learning, many parents found it overwhelming to understand the concept of distance learning and how they could support their kids in adopting this new change. Balancing work and household responsibilities while simultaneously navigating the transition from physical classrooms to virtual ones is indeed difficult. 

According to a survey, 60 percent of parents reported feeling overwhelmed by their kids’ remote learning demands. Furthermore, as per the study conducted by the American Academy of Paediatrics, prolonged duration of virtual learning can lead to increased levels of stress and the overall well-being of children. 

Read below this article to find some of the effective strategies for remote learning during the phases of the pandemic. 

5 Effective Remote Learning Tips for Parents

Here are some of the most effective remote learning tips and strategies to support your kids during pandemic situations:

Establish a schedule

When it comes to remote learning, setting up a schedule becomes an important aspect. For example, you can create a schedule for your child, designating a specific time for breakfast where both parents and kids can enjoy the meal together, and then heading towards study sessions. Besides, it is also important to set up a designated study space that is quiet and clutter-free. These healthy habits will help your child develop a consistent routine and punctuality.

Encourage Self-Discipline

Another important responsibility that a parent holds is to guide their little ones to manage their time effectively. To help your kids do so, parents can help them create a daily to-do list and break down the tasks into manageable ones. Furthermore, encouraging self-discipline also translates to teaching your kid to navigate and access virtual study platforms and other study resources independently so that learning is not merely restricted to remote learning but has diverse aspects.

Prioritise mental well-being.

In this restless process of remote learning, overseeing your kids’ mental well-being is not recommended. Give your kids sufficient breaks for relaxation, physical activities, and other social activities. As parents, you can even ask them to take a short walk to recharge their minds after a hectic study session. Besides, designate a separate time for family interactions where both you and your little one can communicate openly about everything. This will ensure your kids are stress-free and get the emotional support they need.

Prevent Distractions

Most schools prohibit the use of smartphones. Perhaps this idea should be true for remote learning as well. As parents, you can restrict the use of smartphones during study or homework sessions so that your child stays focused. This can be challenging in the initial days; however, over time, your child will become accustomed to the habit of keeping the phone aside while studying or doing other important work.

Collaboration

There are various challenges that parents face when it comes to online learning for their kids. In such situations, collaborating with teachers and school administrators can assist you in addressing any concerns that you come across in the process. You can even seek guidance on other additional educational resources and tools that will be beneficial in supporting your kid’s learning at home. 

Conclusion

Parenting comes with several challenges, and remote learning, particularly during the pandemic, has become another significant concern. However, by implementing the right approach, including establishing a routine, encouraging self-discipline, improving mental well-being, and preventing distractions, your journey of supporting your kids in virtual learning will be easier.

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Harita Patil

Last Updated: Fri Feb 02 2024

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