How to Improve Your Children's At-Home Education While Co-Parenting
As schools across the country have closed to protect children and teachers from the spread of COVID-19, many parents are seeking new ways to support their children's learning outside of the classroom. It's especially important for parents sharing child custody to develop consistent support for their child's education during this time.
Establish Consistency in Your Home
Improving your child's learning at home should start with you. If your child is five years or older, you can create a schedule together that covers learning (math, reading, science), fun activities (TV, iPad), and exercising. Developing a schedule with your children will help you understand more about their learning interests and habits. It will also help them feel in control during this uncertain and confusing time. Although it may be tough to get your children accustomed to a new schedule, it will help them grow and develop their learning outside of the classroom.
Improve Communication with Your Co-Parent
Research shows that the quality of the relationship between co-parents can have a strong influence on the mental and emotional well-being of children. Peaceful and purposeful communication with the other parent is essential to improve your child's at-home learning. Ideally, co-parents should have a plan in place to extend their child's learning schedule at both homes. However, if the other parent can't accommodate the schedule you've established at your home, you can discuss the possibility of alternate teaching methods, such as dedicated time for reading or online learning materials.
We have put together some tips to help you initiate and maintain effective communication with the other parent regarding your children's education:
- Set a neutral tone: Approach the conversation with the other parent with a relaxed and neutral tone. Remember that the goal of the conversation is your child's well-being.
- Make requests: Instead of making statements, it can be helpful to discuss your child's at home learning by collaborating and making requests. Your request can start with phrases such as, "would you be willing to try..." or "what do you think about this approach..."
- Listen: A good conversation starts with listening. Even if you disagree, it's important to listen to the other parent's point of view and try to work around concerns or potential issues.
- Keep the conversation focused: It's helpful to keep the conversation focused on your child's learning and not on other irrelevant topics.
- Communicate frequently: It is also essential to keep consistent communication with the other parent to update each other on your child's progress.
Oregon Child Custody Attorneys
If co-parenting or child custody issues arise during the COVID-19 pandemic, you should seek guidance from an experienced attorney. McKinley Irvin is available to guide you through your child custody case. We understand that every situation is unique, so our team's knowledge and experience can guide you through obtaining the best possible results for you and your child. Contact us to set up a consultation with a family law attorney.