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As schools across the nation resume in virtual formats, it is important to remember that online education is a significant change for children and adults. This is going to take some getting used to by everyone involved.

Maintaining composure during challenging moments is key to your emotional well-being and your children’s success. Show grace with your children, teachers and yourself. It is OK to feel frustrated and overwhelmed at times. When this happens, step away to take some calming breaths and return with a refreshed mindset. 

Speak to your children with care. Thank them for their hard work rather than expressing frustration. Encourage their best effort and assure them that mistakes are valuable opportunities for growth. 

Create a daily schedule for your children. Begin with a wake-up time and healthy breakfast. Consistent routines eliminate stress and help your children set priorities. Factor in a firm bedtime to ensure your children get plenty of sleep. 

Develop a checklist of daily expectations. Every time your children accomplish a task in their daily routine, they should be able to write a check mark or place a sticker. This will keep them on track with their responsibilities and give them a sense of accomplishment. 

Create a comfortable learning space for your children. It is easier for children to understand the difference between school time and play time if they have a dedicated learning space. This can be a desk in the corner or even the kitchen table. Reduce distractions like television and toys in this workspace.

Your children need daily exercise. Allow your children breaks from school so they can swim or go on a walk. This will also activate their brain to listen and learn during the next academic lesson. 

Deepen your children’s connection to their teacher and classmates. Quality educators will promote social-emotional learning by ensuring children have significant time to express their feelings and build relationships with their peers. Help your children connect to the people around them by avoiding gossip and celebrating the achievements of the people in their school family. 

Be familiar with your children’s schoolwork in case they come to you for support. Try to walk your children through the work, but do not expect to know all the answers. Your job is to help your children maintain a positive attitude about school and to help them stay connected to their teacher. Ensure that the teacher is aware of your children’s challenge, and request one-on-one support for them if necessary. 

Protect your children from harmful content by monitoring the sites and people they access online. Talk with your children about online safety and set strict parental controls on the devices in your home.

In today’s virtual school setting, it is important for parents to be a strong source of support for their children. Following these tips at home will help you promote a positive online learning environment for your children. Contact your children’s teacher for support or to discuss any concerns.