Maintaining a basic routine can promote a sense of safety and security, which in turn will help your child more effectively manage stressful events. Routine will remind your child of what is important for your family and help everyday life run smoother. With school bells no longer ringing to keep your child on track throughout the day, it is important they follow a set routine so that they may learn time management skills and stay on top of their learning.
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You may help your child manage distractions by firstly helping them to create a learning space they can concentrate in with minimal interruptions. Negotiate and agree on ‘phone free’ zones around the house and block alerts from their phones or laptops during certain times in the day. Just like a regular school day, it is important your child take regular rest breaks and set time aside for fun. This includes regular mini breaks away from their computer screen.
It is important that a healthy sleep routine is maintained as well as regular, healthy meals and snacks.
Your child may feel overwhelmed by the work being sent and the competing deadlines. Helping your child develop strategies for managing their time can help them stay calm, organised and on top of their work.
Motivation is what drives us towards achieving a goal. Motivation gets us up in the morning and keeps us focused and determined to work through a task so we can succeed when things get tough. During these times it may be difficult for your child to get motivated to do even the simplest of tasks, let alone remote learning.
The following links provide information on how to help your child become motivated.
Procrastination is a common part of human behaviour. Often people mistake procrastination for “laziness”. In everyday language people use definitions like, “putting off”, “postponing”, “delaying”, “deferring”, and “leaving to the last minute”.
Procrastination is making a decision for no valid reason to delay or not complete a task or goal you’ve committed too, and instead doing something of lesser importance, despite there being negative consequences to not following through on the original task or goal. It is important to remember that everyone procrastinates.
However, problematic procrastination can be distinguished from more general procrastination, by how bad the negative consequences are of us not following through on things (Centre for Clinical Interventions).
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At times it may feel like raising a teenager is tricky, full of changing moods, twists and turns. Although you may be spending more time together with your child, it does not make understanding your child and what is going on for them at the moment any easier. Coronavirus has added pressures surrounding work, school, relationships and general everyday life. There are many helpful tips and strategies to help guide you in creating safe and trusting communication between you and your child to help understand how they are feeling and why.
You may have heard that Mindfulness – the ability to be fully present in the moment. Research has indicated that Mindfulness can have numerous health benefits, including stress reduction increases in mental focus and happiness. But what exactly is mindfulness? And, how can you recognize it and reap its many benefits? Mindfulness meditation practice is one way to truly experience the present moment and integrate that awareness into your everyday life.