The transition from traditional classrooms to online learning hasn’t been a smooth one for most students. It takes on a new learning approach, and many students find it challenging to adapt and assimilate. This is where the role of parents comes into play. As their pillar of support, you’re not vital in your child’s education, but you also have the ability to bolster their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Especially during times of pandemic, finding a balance between education pursuits or progress and health is increasingly important. Establishing a safe learning environment at home is one of the essential, fundamental steps to ensuring that your child’s physical, mental, and emotional health is safeguarded. That said, discover the various ways you can create a safe learning environment for your child below!
Physical: Setting Boundaries
Now that learning has taken over the online space, the line that separates school from home is becoming increasingly blurred. Your child no longer has a clear-cut schedule to fall back on – they no longer need to wake up at six sharp in the morning to spend eight hours in a dynamic classroom setting before closing out the day by travelling back home. Without this linear schedule, your child can be studying for hours and hours with no breaks in between, forgetting about their own needs. This is neither healthy nor sustainable.
It is thus important to establish boundaries for your child and put aside time for rest and recreation. To do this, you may work together with your child to create a schedule or routine they can follow. Aside from including their online lessons, be sure to make time for non-school related work, such as recreational and physical activities.
Mental: Offering Your Child a Much-Needed Mental Reprieve
Often, in the pursuit of academic excellence, one’s mental wellbeing is pushed to the side. This has actually brought about devastating consequences, as seen in the alarming rise in youth suicide. Compounded by the feeling of isolation as a result of home-based learning (HBL) and COVID-19, mental health amongst youths is extremely precarious.
As such, it is extremely important that you equip your child with healthy coping mechanisms. This may take in the form of adopting relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises and meditation, or watching short comedy clips to take their mind off from the overwhelming stress. However you and your child wish to approach it, it’s crucial that you establish open and effective communication as the foundation. Doing so will not only create a safe space for your child to vent their emotions out, but it will also give you an insight into what they’re going through, which will allow you to provide better support. On your end, actions and words that offer reassurance and support should be abundant. Don’t hesitate to seek out professional help should your child require it.
Emotional: Be the Reliable Pillar Your Child Needs
One’s emotional wellbeing is inextricably tied to their mental wellness. Parents are a child’s first teachers, even in social-emotional development – they are one of the few pillars that a child goes to for emotional support. As such, be sure to tread carefully lest you scare them away. Be sensitive and attuned to your child’s emotions and needs. Refrain from being reactive or parental. Listen to your child’s needs without trivialising or dismissing them. If they’re hesitant to talk to you, offer them a situation where they can talk to somebody that they trust.
As a parent, it’s important to note that your child is highly attuned to your emotions, especially so if you are sharing the same space as them for the majority of the time. As such, it’s also imperative that you take care of your own emotional health as well. If you or your child are struggling to find emotional clarity, don’t be scared to reach out for professional help.
A Safe Environment Sets the Foundation for Learning
To create a safe learning environment, it is important to take into account your child’s overall well-being into consideration. This includes their physical, mental, and emotional health. As a parent, you will want to ensure that your child is healthy in all three aspects.
To take it a step further, you can also support your child by giving them the resources they need to feel secure in their studies. If your child requires additional support in learning and excelling in the Chinese language, we’re here to help.
Jocelyn Chinese makes a continuous effort to provide Chinese enrichment classes in Singapore that can take their learning to the next level. Online or otherwise, our tuition lessons are based on a teaching methodology that revolves around exam-oriented lessons and the incorporation of effective bilingual teaching for better engagement between our tutors and students. To learn more about our online lessons, you can simply contact us and we’ll be more than happy to assist.