Parents are waking up every morning ready to tackle another day of remote work, coupled with remote schooling. Maybe you, like other parents, wake up optimistic that today will be a better day balancing both jobs. You imagine your kids won’t be resistant to the work. They will be focused. You will be able to work your job while your kids sit quietly and independently, googling answers they don’t know. Only your positive thoughts are dismissed before you even have your morning coffee by arguments, confusion of assignments, and a regiment of questions. Or on the other hand, you drag yourself out of bed realistic about what the day will hold after weeks of homeschooling frustrations. You have a 9:30 a.m. Zoom meeting with your boss and you just hope the meltdowns will stay at bay during that time.
These are the new frustrations and stress that millions of parents are facing across America as schools remain closed, mostly for the rest of the year. And though summer is around the corner, most kids are in school for another 6-8 weeks!
I just read the New York Times article written by Elizaebeth A. Harris who delves into the stress, challenges and complications parents are facing across America during COVID-19. In the article, she also reports some parents have actually given up homeschooling their kids, stating they are now done with school for the year.
I feel this statement sums it up all too well.
“With teachers relegated to computer screens, parents have to play teacher’s aide, hall monitor, counselor and cafeteria worker — all while trying to do their own jobs under extraordinary circumstances. Essential workers are in perhaps the toughest spot, especially if they are away from home during school hours, leaving just one parent, or no one at all, at home when students need them most.”
Being a parent of two children and a business owner, I can relate to this article. Some mornings are better than others. I jump out of bed with a revised plan in place for the three of us to get through the day, hoping that at the end of it, we would feel that we have been productive. Other days it takes more effort to get started with the same routine we have encountered day in and out for the past 6 weeks. I have found for myself that it is more difficult to stay on task with no looming deadlines, as the uncertainty of the restrictions being lifted is conveyed daily by our politicians in the Northeast, where the impact of COVID-19 has been felt the greatest. With no deadlines, self-imposed or not, I am found I am slowing down my pace and easily get distracted.
So, it is no surprise to me if I am more distracted, moody, and unmotivated than my kids are most likely feeling the same way. And on top of that, the confusion of assignments from different teachers, the need to self learn through videos, the lack of breaks to socialize with friends and in many cases, the need to share workspace and learn, it is not at all surprising that families are suffering.
However, I did implement one intervention that I believe has helped save my family from the worst of it. It helped bring my daughters’ grades up over the course of the last 4 weeks while keeping her focused and accountable. It has allowed me to run my business, hold Zoom conferences, while lowering my frustration and stress levels. It has decreased the tears that happened daily from my daughter and reduced our arguments.
I hired a homework buddy for her and then implemented the homework buddy service as an addition to the in-home services my agency, Prasada In Home, already offers. Right now, most of our therapeutic services are being offered remotely and over telehealth. So adding this remote service seems to be a solution for the most challenging academic need American families are currently facing.
Your child’s Homework Buddy will:
- Work remotely.
- Review the student’s agenda for the week and create a daily task list of classwork for all classes.
- Assist the student in keeping classwork organized.
- Help the student with study skills.
- Assist the student in areas of struggle and help the student find online resources for further assistance.
- Ensure all work is submitted on time.
- Keep your child accountable for their school work.
By having a homework buddy for your child, the conflicts in your house will be reduced since the homework buddy will be the one keeping your child accountable. Not you! Now, you can go back to work and do the job you were meant to do during the day. Your stress will be reduced since you will have the peace of mind knowing your child has someone they can rely on to help them stay organized, provide clarification and problem solve assignments.
We are offering low introductory prices as we pilot our program. During this time, your feedback will be key as we shape and define it. We will even let your homework buddy work with your child for the first two days at no cost to you. This way, you will know if your homework buddy is the right fit for your child and family.
Call today and restore the sanity and balance back to your home.