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Keeping a clear routine – Supporting home learning routines, will improve any challenging behaviour you’re experiencing – a brilliant daily planner, for your child, each day –

Consistent routines are important for behaviour and wellbeing in school and our routines at home have changed significantly. Routines support behaviour and you will be finding a new rhythm with your family. You could share this checklist with your child. Talk to them to help them plan their new routines.

Parental advice on providing a balanced day for your child:

  • Make sure you support your child to access and complete the daily work that is set for them.
  • Take regular rest breaks so that your child doesn’t have to concentrate for too long.
  • Build in opportunity for physical exercise.
  • Use this time as an opportunity to have ‘together time’.
  • Develop your creative skills together and make something interesting!
  • Don’t forget to play and have fun.

It is important that during this disruption, you build in the following time with your child:

  • Study
  • Exercise
  • Rest
  • Together time
  • Creative
  • Play

Other useful tips:

  1. Don’t check the news all the time or spend lots of time on your phone when you don’t need to. Check the news once or twice a day for important updates and focus on doing positive stuff together the rest of the time.
  2. Make the most of the opportunity for family time. Do activities together that help you bond, show an interest in your child’s hobbies and consider choosing a new skill to learn together.
  3. Listen to your child and find out what will help them as an individual.
  4. Especially with teenagers, respect your child’s boundaries. Find ways to connect and spend time together without being on top of each other 24/7. If your child doesn’t feel like talking, let them know you’re there and wait until they’re ready.
  5. Be patient with each other.
  6. Remember you’re doing your best as a parent. You will get frustrated and stressed – this doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent. It’s okay to take some time for yourself.