I hope you are all keeping well and had a good day. Mrs Griffiths and Mrs Stowe have joined myself - Mrs McClellan, Miss Hill, Mrs Kedworth and Terri this week. We have introduced them to the delights of our favourite man of the moment... JOE - the fitness guru. It was good to see them enjoying the experience.
On a more serious note, thank you so much for sharing with us the amazing work your children have been doing at home. It is really wonderful to see it and means a lot.
We received this email today -Top tips from Warrington’s Parenting Leads on how to help your household be pleasant and as stress less as possible during the coronavirus outbreak. I thought I would share some of this with you.
Start as you mean to go on – try getting together as a family for 10 minutes, sit down and be open and honest with what is happening bearing in mind your children’s ages/stages of understanding. We are all uncertain and nothing like this generation has ever experienced. Create a sense that you are all in it together and think together about what will need to happen to keep the house calm and pleasant. This is not an opportunity to start blaming each other or nit picking. Keep the conversation calm and positive, focus on realistic solutions rather than problem. Reminding them of the positives e.g. quality time together, opportunities for the time to do fun activities at home. What will help you all get through this together? Do you need a set of house rules? E.g. we listen to one another. We find a quiet spot if we need to calm down. We take turns. We talk to each other calmly.
Maintain routines – whilst you will be out of your normal routine, keeping your day to a structure will help children to feel emotionally secure during an unpredictable time. Whilst it may be tempting to let all routines slip, what can start out as fun initially can cause difficulties if a few days’ time. Maintaining bedtimes and bedtime routines will ensure that they sleep well and that you have more opportunity to get time to yourself once they are in bed. Putting a structure in helps children to know what is going to happen each day and feel emotionally secure. E.g. morning routine, tv/ film time, get dressed, baking activity, lunch, go for a walk outside/ play in the garden, start preparing tea, tea time, play, bedtime routine. If your child has been mentally and physically stimulated during the day they will be able to sleep better.
Home schooling – don’t get too hung up over ‘home schooling’ your children. Looking back on this time your children will not remember what they learnt, but what it felt like. Stressing yourself over school work will make it unpleasant for everyone. Yes take time each day to sit and help your children with any work they may receive from school, but it will not be realistic to expect to spend a full day ‘learning’. Children learn from watching you, through their lived experiences and through play. Take time to build dens out of pillows, bake together, play board games and read stories together. Give them lots of praise and encouragement for what they are doing well, this will keep them motivated for longer, rather than criticise or correct what they are getting wrong. Older children and teenagers let them show you what they’ve been learning and generate discussions on how learning was different for you. Have sometime creating activities together that they have an interest in.
Just remember, you are doing a wonderful job!