When Schools Closed, Parents Should Support Children Learning at Home

The COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine cause multiple emotions in each family, the material conditions of study vary in each home, access to the internet and having the necessary devices: computers, laptops, cell phones or tablets is a challenge, whatever happens, the same with urban and rural, but despite this complexity, “learning must continue,” conclude the experts.

Mothers are assuming the educational processes of their daughters and sons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, quarantine, and health emergency measures preventing million American girls, and boys from returning to school work from initial level up to high school.

Parents have become the right and fundamental arm of teachers said, American psychologists. The role of mothers in education at home is fundamental, it is important that in the face of an unforgettable historical event such as the pandemic, they take this unfavorable situation as a great opportunity.

While another, psychologist and director of the Adolescent House, added that “parents are figures of support and trust” in the education of their sons and daughters so they must act creatively.

Learning must continue

It is clear that mothers and fathers are not teachers, they do not know pedagogical tools and they live with many concerns in mind, they do not know all the subjects of study; However, they still have to work out strategies to be in personal contact with their daughters and sons, “be patient” and listen to them, since what the parents do will mark the lives of adolescents. It is also important to plan routines, spaces for dialogue to establish responsibilities for each member of the family, knowing that mistakes can be made, but if there is the reflection, difficulties will contribute to learning.

Psychologists consider that parents cannot support their children without first evaluating themselves emotionally. Because the emotional state will take a toll on the relationship with the children and with the partner. 

It is recommended that parents find times to help them, and develop skills such as active listening, acting tenderly, being firm, but generous, a sense of humor, setting limits while establishing responsibilities, tasks and activities and never labeling, affirming that the son “does not know anything”, rather give them their time to learn according to their individuality.

Children are also stressed, anxious, lonely, depressed, or playing video games all the time, for not being with their peers at school affects their mood and their referential views or identity with their age group. As a positive aspect of what is happening and to support what has been said: “many families have learned to be families.

Regarding the role of teachers, in the webinar, it was mentioned that all their effort to continue passing classes should be valued. But without parents, teachers, and the educational units themselves, this new education process will not work.

Shocks and emotional impacts

The experts argued that within each member of each family the emotions are blocked, which at some point can collide in a multiple-way among the entire family, configuring a difficult time for everyone, full of emotions with reactions that are sought to be normal in an abnormal context. And in this reality very little is said about the emergence of the subjective, where the bonds and ties are changing, where the sudden confinement was a very strong blow that exposed the fragility of the human being, and now it is necessary to rebuild and improve the social fabric.

Describe a context in which parents, teachers, all are concerned about the education of children and adolescents, but it is the parents who are left without an alternative plan and there will inevitably be conflicts in the educational process. 

Experts point out that as much or more important as the academic content is that they assimilate and work on vital competencies. Such as resilience or managing difficulties in life, understanding and managing emotions, empathy, companionship and solidarity, teamwork, flexibility and adaptability, technological knowledge, autonomy and responsibility, creativity, self-taught learning, managing frustration, and boredom.

As soon as the hybrid education model enters our lives, parents will have as much academic responsibility as children. In such cases, get support if necessary. We can all tend to resist this unfamiliar lifestyle. Do not let go of your patient, calm, and tolerant attitude. For some children, this process can be painful, so be prepared. Parents may want to get support to manage the process, contact your school guidance unit at these moments. If you deem it necessary, you can also provide external mentoring services for both yourself and your child.

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