No working mom is ever ready to become an online teacher overnight. Yet, if 2020 has taught us anything, it is to multitask and optimize everyone’s work at home, especially school work. Kids, no matter their age, get tired of full-time eight zoom meetings a day. On top of that, homework and responsibilities like chores usually increase when everybody’s at home. Keeping a calm and peaceful home environment when everybody’s got work is hard and is as simple as keeping everything in order. Here’s how working moms can support their children’s mental health when attending school online.
Close the computer.
Working moms know that working from home is a full-time job that sometimes doesn’t end when your shift does, yet as online working is becoming more and more the norm, we should learn to close the computer and stay away from workgroup chats when our time is done. So should our children. Yes, keeping up with schoolwork is very important but taking a break and allowing our brains to rest is crucial to preserve our mindfulness and mental health in such uncertain times.
Get used to the new normal.
Remote work- it’s not how we usually work. And full-time parenting while working from home- it’s not how we typically parent. But 2020 was an unusual year. (That’s putting it mildly.). And we’re ready to conquer whatever 2021 throws at us, too. Be prepared for what this new year could bring, and be aware of what last year meant for you and your kids personally. Know especially what you need to take care of this new year.
Make meditating, not working, the family activity.
It has happened to you, hasn’t it? That moment when you have so much to do that you feel overwhelmed by just opening up your laptop. Take it easy. We all have to take a breath and find a mindfulness modality or relaxing habit that fits with our style, time availability, and interests that can help us to cope. Maybe it’s time you try Yoga, Breathwork, Reiki, or Meditating with Crystals with your family as well. Kids get stressed just as much as we do. It’s essential to validate their feelings and to help them work through them. Make meditation a must for your family. Make it a family activity to keep a peaceful environment and healthy coexistence.
Moms: talk to your kids.
Just like you carry around your emotional challenges, stressors, and mental preoccupations to work, so do your kids when they are going through a rough patch. With no classrooms and no friends to see every day, your kids might become more reserved when having a hard time. Take the first step. Knock on their door and enjoy their favorite snack with them to have an honest conversation about their feelings and needs.
Hopefully, you enjoyed this article on how working moms can support their children’s mental health when attending school online!
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