Parent-child relationship fostered during lockdown
“The main highlight of this lockdown is that families are locked together in homes, which has triggered positive parenting styles by parents unconsciously because of the reduced stress due to a break in the normal routine and they are getting to spend more time with their children. This has brought the parents and children closer and children are enjoying these moments,” said the survey report.
Another survey of 7,048 German parents during the COVID-19 lockdown found that parents felt stressed, which affected their ability to offer their children learning activities at home.
Our study also found that providing home learning activities in custody works better for some parents than others. Parents with more than one child under 6 and parents who worked full-time performed fewer activities than parents with a single child under 6 and parents who worked part-time. The strongest indicator of parents’ ability to provide home learning activities was stress: Parents who identified themselves as the most stressed offered the least amount of learning activities to their children. This realization is intuitive: parents who are overwhelmed by all demands have fewer resources to deal with their children. And the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly not made life easier for parents. Many juggled homework and childcare (54% in our survey), and some had to deal with sudden unemployment (1%) or short-term vacations (7%), which often resulted in financial stress (41%). Playgrounds were also closed and families were stuck in their homes, often in apartments and houses that were too small (27%). These problematic situations created stress that impaired parents’ ability to provide learning activities for their children. This is not a new discovery. Studies have shown that parents can better support their children’s learning and development when they are feeling good. However, the specific measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19 have created cumulative stress in many families. The implications are clear: if we want to ensure that parents can provide a rich learning environment at home during troubled times like the COVID-19 lockdown, we need to support parents.
How can we help parents help their children learn?
As a parent, it is important to recognize your stress levels and take care of yourself. Take breaks, delegate tasks if possible, and seek help. Also, remember that daily interactions make a difference when it comes to supporting your children’s learning. You don’t have to prepare for study sessions with your child. Instead, try to involve your child in an intense dialogue about everyday situations (e.g. by asking questions and helping children refine their thinking process). Many websites have materials, ideas, and guidelines for parents to use to facilitate home learning. “If we want to ensure that parents have a rich learning environment at home during tough times like the COVID-19 lockdown, we need to support parents.”
As friends, relatives, or neighbors, you can provide emotional support by asking parents how they are, or even offering them practical help, such as helping out with their parents. with shopping.
As a teacher, you can help parents support their children when daycare is closed by keeping in touch with children and giving them ideas or materials that match the child’s developmental stages. In fact, 51% of parents in our study said they wanted preschool teachers to give them ideas and materials to help their children learn at home.
As a policy maker, it is important to remember that daycare closings are extreme measures that rob children of the education and social contact they need while parents are under immense stress. This can be particularly detrimental to families living in adverse conditions. While such closings have less short-term economic impact and are easier to implement than other restrictions, they may have the worst long-term results for our children’s future.