Being a parent in lockdown really means being a teacher, tutor, chef and activity coordinator but most importantly it means being a friend.
I look up to parents; they are the people who have dedicated their lives to their children. Loving their kids no matter who they become, no matter what mistakes they will inevitably make.
I was on TikTok (a social media app for short form videos) the other day and came across a video of a new mom talking to her mom on the phone, she asked when her toddler would stop needing her so much. Her mother replied by noting how her daughter still needed her, even after she had a child of her own. This is the epitome of parenting, being there for your child when they need you, in whatever way and whenever.
Lockdown has led to parents taking on roles of not only support systems, but also of facilitators, and homework wardens. Now, you have 24/7 non-stop time with your kids and have to be their daily role model. Now that is a lot of pressure for one or even two parents to take on.
Lockdown has also given us time to cherish the small moments. To acknowledge the privilege we have in being able to spend time with our families. It has re-ignited an awareness of the value of the little moments that make family so special. It has also awoken the difficulties of keeping your kids stimulated; mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually and educationally.
While teachers are working harder than ever before to get learners through the year, the effects of this drastic change continue to be evident all around us. Especially in relation to the increased quantity of screen time. Online schooling is in full force and is not something that all kids have easily adapted to. It is an invitation to distraction and disengagement. Screen time is not developmentally a bad thing – in university this was a topic of one of our assignments, wherein we had to read the academic studies, peer reviewed journals and the ever increasing research of the impact of screen time on development.
This is especially relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. The studies showed that while screen time promotes sedentary behaviour and passive viewing of TV shows and YouTube videos, the educational opportunities are vast. Learning through technology not only teaches kids about technology but also about the subject that they are studying. *I know this is not relevant but my point is that the quality of learners’ screen time is more developmentally relevant than the quantity*.
We live in a technologically advanced world where it is easy to passively engage. But through human interaction and encouragement, active learning, whether it be through technology or not, can change a child’s life. In a TEDx Talk by Chris Meylan, titled ‘Technology… Tool or Toy? Exploring Play in the Classroom’ he states: “Play is engaging because it makes the student an active participant in their learning”. Creating an environment for students that is actively engaging as well as educational is the key to learning, and that is what we strive for, to build on both sides of the spectrum.
Everyone is made up of strengths and weaknesses. Each child is different, and unfortunately the education system is built for look and learn children or parrot learning. We want to help provide your child with the resources to succeed, in the way that works for them. To allow your child the opportunity to thrive in an unprecedented, yet hopeful environment. As Albert Einstein once said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Individuals have different learning styles, and we will be delving into that in the next few weeks. If you would like to learn more please follow our Instagram and Facebook pages to receive the information that will change your child’s academic career.
We can only assume that parenting is hard enough already. We can help you ease that burden, by providing academic companionship, support, encouragement, homework completion, test preparation and a learning environment that takes the strain off you and is catered especially for your child to succeed.