What to Do If Your Child is Unmotivated for Distance Learning

Friday, June 19, 2020

Children may have an especially difficult time adjusting to the new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic. This may not be obvious from the outset, but as a parent, you may want to ensure that you are doing all you can to enable your kids to cope with all the changes that have happened and will continue to happen. In terms of the new way of doing school, one of the concerns you may have is how to help your child if they are unmotivated with distance learning.

Continue reading to learn more about how you can help your child become more motivated and productive with their schoolwork.


Help them with school work

Studying at home can sometimes be tricky because of the many distractions your child that could sway your child’s attention. As much as possible, be available to help your child in their coursework or any subject they’re experiencing difficulty with. This is also a good way for you to bond with your child and learn more about any struggles they may have in their online classes. Soon enough, you’ll notice that they’ll no longer have any need for your assistance as they can already be productive on their own.


Set goals and tasks

Goals are essential when it comes to distance learning. Having them can help motivate your child because they act as targets that he must plan for in order to achieve. Besides having goals in school, you can help your child develop the habit of goal-setting by assigning them to do chores around the house.

Though they may resist at first, chores are a good way to keep your kids busy and moving while in quarantine. You can tell your child to do simple chores like watering indoor and outdoor plants, washing their own plates after use, or making their bed after waking. without your request.

Aside from chores, there are many hobbies you and your child can take up and set as goals during quarantine. If you’ve always lamented about not having enough time to do things, now you have more time to engage in these activities.

Your kids will not just learn a new skill such as painting, cooking, baking, or even playing an instrument, they will also develop good traits such as patience.  This is a great way for your child to gain more resilience when it comes to schoolwork.


Encourage them to exercise

If your child isn’t a particularly active person, quarantine may serve as the perfect time to engage in sweat-breaking activities. You don’t even need any special gym equipment.

Though your child may not find the idea appealing in the beginning, joining them in exercise may encourage them to give it a shot. There’s no need for equipment because there are many online videos with fitness or dance instructors who can teach anyone to do low-impact to high-impact exercises.


Key Takeaway

It’s normal for your child to sometimes be unmotivated for distance learning. As a parent, you don’t need to worry because the tips above are effective ways of helping your child stay productive despite the circumstances.

The most important thing to remember is to build positive habits. Simple activities such as assisting them in schoolwork and setting goals may already pave the way for them to gain momentum and become consistently engaged with their online classes.


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