7 Tips for parents while your child studies at home
There are definitely benefits of studying at home that your child can benefit from, like not having to travel to school or the library, which can save parents a small fortune on travel. However, feeling stressed, bored, anxious or uncertain while studying at home rather than in the school environment is also completely normal.
Many parents and students are also worried about studying from home so we have created some helpful tips that can help them to feel more productive and take care of their mental health while studying at home:
- Make sure your child keeps to a routine.
Keeping to a routine and waking up at the same time every day is extremely important for your child, preferably make sure that your child starts studying in the morning as most people work more efficiently earlier in the day. This will help them to wake up at the same time every day and help them keep to a routine. Setting an alarm can help them do this, be sure to set a time that is realistic however.
Create a dedicated place in your house/apartment for your child to study.
Having a dedicated space in your house or apartment for your child to study has many benefits. It allows them to fully focus on their work, helps reduce distractions and therefore improves the quality of their work.
Don’t allow your child to stay in their pyjamas all day.
It might be tempting for your child to get out of bed five minutes before they are due to start studying but getting dressed and showering is extremely important. Make sure your child is comfortable while also being presentable, especially during video calls with their teacher or tutor. This will also allow them to feel more confident and focused.
Ensure your child doesn’t study from their bed.
Studying from their bed may sound like a dream for many young people, but in reality, studying in bed is unhealthy for a number of reasons. Studying in bed will reduce your child’s quality of sleep, productivity and energy levels. This is because your child will be bringing their work to bed and then they may start to associate bed with school and studying.
Set rules with your other children.
Make sure to set rules with your other younger children, it’s essential to create rules with your other younger children so they don’t interrupt your child while they are studying. Inform your other children to stay quiet while your child is studying as background noise is very distracting.
Allow your child to take regular breaks.
Your child still needs to take breaks when they are studying at home. It’s easy to forget about the time when you’re studying, but it’s essential to allow your child to take regular breaks to refresh and improve their productivity. Taking regular breaks may seem counterproductive but taking breaks can help your child feel both mentally and physically refreshed.
Ensure your child takes time out of their day to exercise.
Make sure your child does some sort of physical activity at least once a day, we all know the benefits of exercise on a daily basis so make sure your child gets up and gets those endorphins working! This will not only help with their physical health but also their mental health, which is equally important. There are so many options for your child, going for a walk, signing them up to an online class, doing some yoga or Pilates or even going for a run! It’s all down to personal taste but do try to mix things up to avoid them becoming bored.