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What kind of home-schooling parent are you?

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Written by Steven White

Find out if your teaching style is more Wellbeing Wizard or Community Caller.

Since UK schools closed in March, parents have found themselves thrown in the deep end of continuing their children’s education at home.

Managing working from home alongside home-schooling has proved challenging for many and now, after nearly 10 weeks of this balancing act, parents reflect on how they have handled lockdown education.

Here online tutoring service MyTutor break down the different parenting styles that have emerged…

Hands-on Helper

For this parent, no subject is off-limits for them to teach – or try to. Not a Maths maestro? No problem. They’ll study all night to get up to speed. With their teacher hat firmly on, their kids can expect a full weekly schedule of lessons covering every corner of the school curriculum. We salute their dedication, and hope they catch a break too! 

“School of Life” Educator

Some parents have taken lockdown as a chance to teach their kids some life skills that aren’t on the curriculum. Budgeting, D.I.Y., cooking, cleaning and gardening all keep kids busy and set them up for life. 

Wellbeing Wizard

With all the changes and challenges that COVID-19 has presented, for some, keeping kids calm and emotionally well is the priority above all else. They might try yoga, gardening, art projects and long walks where possible. Some focused learning in subjects their kids enjoy also boosts their mood by giving a sense of achievement, helping to reduce anxieties surrounding the return to school.

“Divide and Rule” Duo

For families with more than one parent at home, teamwork makes the dream work. These parents split up the weekly schedule by giving each other shifts, so one might look after the kids in the morning while the other works, and then swap over in the afternoon. Both get to keep working, and the kids don’t end up giving each other haircuts.

Outsourcer

For parents who want to keep their kids learning but don’t have the time – or the expertise – to teach themselves, many keep everything going by outsourcing to an expert. With one-to-one online tuition, kids get to learn from a dedicated tutor who knows the school curriculum. Parents don’t need to read up on long-forgotten subjects, and with MyTutor, they get the fun of talking to a tutor who’s at a top UK uni and just a few years older.  

Time-Maximiser 

Some savvy mums and dads out there see time as something that can be used strategically. They might prioritise just core subjects or what their child enjoys most to keep education on track without overdoing it. With a few hours of focused learning every week, kids can spend the rest of their time doing extra-curricular learning or other home projects that keep them happy and busy. 

Community Caller 

Although everyone is staying at home at the moment, lots of parents have reached out to their extended families, school Whatsapp groups, friends and neighbours to get help when home-schooling their kids. An uncle who’s a Maths whizz doubles very well as a tutor for weekly lessons on Zoom. Staying in touch with other parents provides somewhere to swap tips and share favourite learning resources when things feel tricky. 

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