Being at home all day, every day can be draining. There are times when you want nothing more than to check out of reality—and the most dangerous part of it is, all of your favorite distractions are right at hand, with no one to snap you out of it but your kids. Have an addiction to Facebook games? You can spend all day playing them to your heart’s content. Prefer curling up with a good book? Your entire library is at your disposal. What about daytime television? It’s right there on the wall, just waiting for you to choose a channel.
Unfortunately, none of that gets the work of homeschooling your children done.
Sure, there are a number of things that your kids can accomplish without you standing over their shoulder the entire time. The older your kids get, the less they need your supervision; and while they might check in for help every once in a while, they won’t need it so desperately that they can’t get by without it, either. There’s just one problem: their depth of learning isn’t as intensive, either.
Kids need guidance. They need parental awareness. Just reading over their material isn’t going to cement it in their brains—they need to engage in active learning as much as possible, discussing what they’ve read, applying it, and, where necessary, putting it into action.
Are you giving that to them?
Are you focusing on the homeschooling day, and setting aside your leisure tasks in favor of the things that really need to be done…or are you letting your diversions take the place of spending quality time working on your kids’ learning?
This is of particular risk for virtual schooling parents, whose children have their lessons already plotted out for them, contained within the structure of the school. Older children—especially intelligent or advanced children—may need little to no parental guidance in order to complete the necessary lessons…but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need it to excel.