Juggling the demands of work, family and school life can be overwhelming. Working from home while you supervise your children’s remote learning has its own conflicts, which only add to the challenge. You need all the help you can get, so accept any support offered by your partner, friends, family and school.
In particular, grandparents can throw you a lifeline. Just now they’re suffering from isolation from their grandchildren. They’re desperately missing the contact: child minding, story times and picking the grandkids up from school are just not possible. It’s a disconnect: grandparents are isolated from their grandkids while you are desperate for a break; and grandparents are often time rich while you are time poor.
But while physical contact isn’t possible, grandparents can still help in many ways. And most will be eager to do it.
Here are a few ideas:
- Have a conversation with your child’s grandparents and get their ideas on how they can help.
- Show them any apps and school programs so that they understand what the school is doing and what is expected.
- Set aside half an hour for a story time with Grandpa or Grandma. This can be your child reading aloud, grandparents reading to the kids or, if you’re really lucky, some of Grandpa’s ‘special’ stories.
- Encourage your child to get on line and talk to Grandma or Grandpa about what they’ve been doing, what they’re enjoying or where they need some help.
- When you’re under work pressure, have a grandparent cued up to FaceTime or Skype the kids.
- Do a physical activity online with a grandparent, for example play a game, make lunch together or bake a cake following the same recipe.