3. Worrying and Anxiety
Does your previously carefree child seem to worry about everything all of a sudden? It could be a result of the new normal education system that involves screens and staying at home away from friends and family. Children often display anxiety and worry when things seem out of their control – which is exactly the predicament the pandemic places them in.
Humans often resort to strong emotions like anger when they feel insecure, stressed, are confronted with change, or think that they have lost control. If your child is throwing tantrums frequently, or overreacts to minor issues, it might be a sign of home-schooling stress.
5. Lack of Interest or Withdrawal
You may have noticed a lack of interest or refusal to participate in online learning activities – even the interactive ones – in your child. This could be due to home-schooling burnout and stress.
What Parents Can Do
- Help your child balance priorities by drawing up a timetable for them that includes plenty of rest, and dedicated time to complete school tasks and homework. Help your child complete schoolwork during the week so that they can completely switch off during the weekend.
- Teach your child simple meditation techniques that help them stay calm and focused. Before classes start, sit with your child on the floor, close your eyes, count slowly to ten while breathing in and out slowly together.
- Get to the root of your child’s stress by dedicating time each day to talk to them about their fears and worries. Often, just talking about these with you will help calm your child. Make sure you offer plenty of reassurance both verbally, and physically through hugs and cuddles.
- Offer your child plenty of positive attention. This could be when they help you around the house, or complete a school task on their own. If you notice extreme withdrawal in your child from learning activities, speak to their teacher about it.