Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Juggling Act of Parenting During the Pandemic

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Are you struggling with parenting, teaching and doing therapeutic services for your special needs child since their schools have a shutdown? Trust me, you aren’t alone in this, there are others like you. It’s a difficult time for us all. None of us expected this to happen. I can recall looking at this with mixed emotions like how to manage it all and the fear of failing myself or my kids. During difficult times, we have to make things work, regardless. Here are some tips to help you.

Change your Mindset

Try to take some time to adjust to the sudden change that has occurred in a positive light and not doom. Yeah, things will be difficult for a bit, but not for long. Enjoy this time that you have with your family.

Establish a Routine

Create a schedule that you can continue to work, teach, and do therapy for your child. Keep in mind that you might have to make adjustments. For example, work before your child wakes up or after helping your child do their work. Use this teaching time as bonding with your child and also see how well he or she is performing. Keep your regular wake up, bedtime, and dinner schedule. You could also try doing schoolwork with your child at the same time as if he or she was in school. If you're doing therapy with your child, review the IEP to see what techniques you can do from home. Also, don't forget to give breaks, depending on your child.

Make time for Yourself

Be sure to take some time for yourself to prevent burnout. Whatever you enjoy doing, try to do it.

Do you have any other tips you would like to share? Please comment below :)

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