Now that school has largely moved online or to other forms of at-home curriculum due to COVID, finding a balance is more important than ever before. When work and play bleed into one another in the same space, it can be harder to set boundaries, and this can be just as true for kids as it is for adults.
As a parent, your children will look to you to set an example for good habits, but also to guide them through the process of learning that balance. While there are plenty of strategies people use for school- and work-life balance, these tasks require an autonomy many children don’t have at such a young age, which means balance requires parental involvement.
Achieving a healthy balance will ultimately benefit your family and your child’s future for years to come. Here are a few ways you can incorporate some healthy balance into your household and your child’s education.
Encouraging a Love of Learning
One of the best ways to create a healthy and positive balance is to encourage uplifting associations with education so your child doesn’t view school as “bad” and playtime as “good.” It can be easy to dread half of the day when it doesn’t feel exciting or fun, so nip that possibility in the bud!
By paying attention to your child’s natural strengths and talents, choosing a curriculum and format that suits them and allowing them to explore their interests as a part of their education, a natural balance and curiosity will likely begin to flourish in your home.
Keeping a Designated Space and Schedule
One of the most common tips people offer to encourage work-life balance for adults and college students also has a place for homeschooling and digital learning students. And that strategy is keeping a designated space for learning, almost like a home office, so as not to feel overwhelmed when rest and playtime arrive.
Having a bit of separation — just like kids who go to a traditional in-person classroom — can allow kids to feel fully relaxed when it comes time for rest and feel fully engaged when it’s time for learning.
Keeping a designated schedule can also help with this, especially if you tend to move locations or do school outside. Children often thrive in routine, and when they know what to expect, they can easily become more in sync with their tasks.
Allowing for Rest and Play
While it often goes against cultural norms to allow anyone to have lots of free time, rest, and play, it’s highly important for everyone — especially children — when achieving a healthy balance.
Even though a traditional school day takes around eight hours, children who work independently with a parent or educator usually finish their academic work in just a few hours. That means homeschooled children tend to have much more time for rest and play than children who attend traditional school, and it’s important to take full advantage of that.
When kids learn they deserve freedom, rest, and enjoyment in their downtime, they’ll come back to their academic work feeling rejuvenated and ready to learn, and they will feel healthier and more satisfied with life overall.
Creating a Healthy Homeschool Balance
Kids need balance just like adults, and by building a healthy environment for your child to learn, grow, and play, they’ll better explore their education and truly make the most out of it. It’s simply another way to set them up for success. Let us know what you think — is it an important technique for maintaining balance?