TIPS FOR SINGLE PARENTS
Let me start by saying I am over CORONA! I know that is how a number of you are feeling right now. As we are ending and beginning the school year with COVID-19. My son is ten years old and since his district is a year-round school, he would be going into his second month of school and I would have his after-school schedule down pat, but that is not the case right now.
As a single mother, I had to take on the roles of teacher, principal, nurse, PE teacher, and more when schools shut down in March. As this year will be a different start to the school year with all this change and pandemic mania, I have some great tips for being a teacher along with a single mother.
- Dress Up for the First Day
Yes, the first day of school is normally when we get our kids all dolled up with the best clothes and school supplies then we take the “1st Day of School” picture and blast it on social media. Well, I’m still going to do that for my son. I need to wake him up early, make sure his hair and clothes are fresh and get all of his supplies ready. I’ll put up a “First Day of School” poster in the house and take his picture like we usually do on the first day, but this time trying to provide some normalcy missing from our lives.
2. Set Up a Day-to-Day Schedule
We don’t want our kids to sit in front of the computer for six hours. I set a schedule after meeting their teachers. This helped me a lot since I’m working from home and did not want my son to become bored or playing Fornite all damn day. I usually like to be awake for a couple of hours before even starting his school work to allow him to his most productive. I started his work around 10 AM in order for him to be his most productive. I recommend when formulating a schedule for you, to think about your needs and the needs of your family. This is the schedule that works for me and my son:
- One hour of School Work
- One hour of School Work
- Read for thirty minutes
- Freedom Time (PlayStation, yoga, walks, social distancing with friends, are some examples)
- PE with Momma
I only let him do two hours of schoolwork a day in front of the computer because any longer than that and he would lose interest.
Instead of depending on the teachers, I took it upon myself to take my son to Target, Walmart, and Office Depot to pick out workbooks to do as well. We found the best ones at Target and they were under $10.00. One of the workbooks had ALL of the subjects in it so it was a great deal. I assigned him a different subject in his workbooks each day. This was great as it got him away from the computer and also doing school work as if he was in class with his classmates. Below is a photo of the workbook my son used and I will be running out and buying hi
m a new one for this upcoming year soon. Another thing I started doing with my son during this time is having him recycle and he keeps everything. I let him spend some of the money he gets and he saves the rest which is teaching him the importance of saving money and the world at the same time.
4. Teaching own Subjects
Being a Black family in America, it’s important to teach our own history to our children. Since we’ve begun homeschooling, I’ve taught my son our history more by making him watch certain movies and docuseries with me. Some things we’ve watched are 13th, I’m The Not Your Negro, and Who Killed Malcolm X which are all can be found on Netflix. My son has also read Barack Obama’s Autobiography. With him starting the school year at home, he will continue to have Black History 101 with his Momma.
I know not every single parent has the luxury of working from home. If you do not, I recommend working with a family member who can help you set up a schedule for your child and do activities that they would not get in school. In my particular situation, I am navigating co-parenting for the benefit of my son. I’m not going to act like I have it all figured out or that it does not get stressful being his teacher along with every other role a single parent has, because it does. I have my moments of wanting to run out of the damn house, and at times I do, but then I catch myself and realize this is not his fault and our kids did not ask for this either.
We just have to take it and make the best of it! As corny, as might be especially now, we can get through this together.
If you need any more tips for your child during this time or any suggestions that have worked for you please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would want to hear anything that is working for you! Either leave us a comment or shoot us an email! At this time, nobody will be turning their noses to any suggestions right now.