Parent Education: How Your Return to Education Could Affect Your Child
Integrated Learning Strategies is excited to feature parent education in this guest post. While many of the recommendations below are great for select children and parents, some accommodations or exceptions may be made for children with learning challenges and learning disabilities. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider and none of our materials or services provide a diagnosis or treatment of a specific condition or learning challenge you may see in your child or student. If you seek a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, please contact a trained professional who can provide an evaluation of the child.
Many women chose to return to school after having children. Often, it is because they intend to return to work and want to further their education in the hope of gaining a well-paid job. Online study, such as an online paralegal program, is a great option for women with families, as it allows them to work much more flexibly and around the demands of family life. However, even with the best planning, these changes can affect your children. Their behavior can change. They can become naughty, or withdrawn. They might start seeking attention, or ignoring you completely. Let’s take a look at how your return to school might affect your children, and what you can do to ease the transition, for them, and for you.
The age of your children will affect how much they understand, and perhaps how much you want to tell them. But, when you begin studying, and perhaps start spending less time with them, they will be aware that something has changed. They will also pick up on any change in your mood. If you are stressed about a deadline, or tired from working late, your children will know. When these changes occur, many children’s first reaction is one of fear. They may be scared you are leaving them, or that you want more than your life with them.
This fear will closely be followed by confusion. The best thing to do, to alleviate both, is to be honest. Explain as much as you can, and answer any questions they might have. Explain that you love them, and your life with them, but you want to learn. Tell them why you are doing it. That perhaps you want to give them a better life. You will be surprised by how much even very young children can understand.
A Change in Routine
Routine is exceptionally important to children. Any change in their routine, can affect their behavior, and their mood. They might not be able to vocalize what they are feeling, so take these changes as your clues. Try to avoid changing their routines where possible. Study when they are in bed or, with older children, have homework time together. Make your routine a part of theirs.
What You Can Do
Aside from keeping a routine, and explaining things to them, there are other things you can do to help. Asking for their help is a big one. If you have exams coming up, ask older children to help you make revision flashcards. Even younger children could help with adding stickers or picking out colorful pens. If you are studying for an online para degree from George Washington University, you could tell them about the skills you’ll be developing, and try to play games using them. Involvement is a big thing for children; make them feel like a special part of your studies.
Please don’t allow these things to put you off. Furthering your education can be a wonderful thing, and it’s fantastic to have something for yourself. Just remember to try to involve your children, and use all those paralegal skills such as organization and working as part of a team. Remember, your family can be on your team.
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