Research has shown that historically, mothers carry an incredibly heavy mental load during the best of times, and even more so during this pandemic season.
Mothers deal with "one of the most consequential impacts on the psychological health of the modern-day workforce: work-family conflict." This conflict has to do with coping with the demands of paid work and family responsibilities. Workplace closures and social distancing practices will make it even harder for working parents over the next few months, especially mothers, as they try to integrate both their work and family in the same space.
These tips might help you and your kids both feel more confident on this new-to-both-of-you journey of "Distance Learning".
Tip 1 - Provide a predictable routine
Make a new timetable, one that you can adapt to your family's situation. Mornings might be too hectic for you, so why not move academics with your child in the afternoon. Be realistic, flexible and most importantly, gentle with yourselves.
Tip 2 - Monitor and keep track of expectations given by your child's teacher
Sit with your child when you are able to have focused time together to keep track of his/her school tasks. Don't be afraid to reach out to your child's teacher for help or clarification.
Tip 3 - Give your child the opportunity to have a say in their learning
This will give your child a sense of autonomy and confidence. For example, ask them which subject they would like to work on first- math or reading. Even small things like giving them a choice to use a pen instead of pencil can make a big difference.
Remember to give yourself some grace because you are doing the best you can.