It’s clear to us all that the current state of our world due to the pandemic has had a huge impact on… well… just about everything and everyone.

Having a younger niece and nephew and friends that have children, I’ve been reflecting on how teachers as well as students have been processing this dramatic shift in the education system. No longer are children able to socialize with their friends in the way they used to. Now, they are unable to even share a smile because of having to wear a mask.

My heart aches thinking about how different things are now for these children compared to when I was in school. Having to wear a mask and not being physically close to other individuals in protection against the coronavirus may influence children to not feel safe in their own bodies. They are being taught that these are the precautions that must be taken in order to not spread germs that will make others sick. When in fact, the youth need to be exposed to germs in order to build their immune systems!

 

Education in a Virtual World

I’m sure teachers are sharing similar frustrations and disappointments. I know growing up I was always the type of student that learned best by being hands-on or interacting with other classmates. Sitting in my seat listening to the teacher give a lecture caused me to lose focus rather quickly. Being that most schooling is now virtual, this is hindering the creativity at which a teacher can deliver education to students. Additionally, because students are at home in their own environment, they may be less likely to actually be engaged. I can only imagine it is more difficult on the teacher to tell if students are paying attention to what is being taught. Teachers are doing their best with the resources they can. We should all acknowledge their efforts and feel gratitude that students are even able to receive education to the level at which they are during a global pandemic. 

 

If you are a parent with a children involved in virtual learning and are finding it may be a challenge to keep them attentive to their schoolwork, here are some tips that may be helpful:

 

Make sure they have EMF protection

Some people may be more sensitive to the EMF radiation that is emitted from devices like cellphones, laptops, tablets, etc. Symptoms of exposure the EMF may include: 

  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Suicide and depression
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue

If you find that your child just cannot seem to focus especially with at home learning, you may want to consider investing in some sort of EMF protection to reduce their exposure to these harmful frequencies.

 

Teach your kiddo some deep breathing exercises!

Taking a moment to pause what you are doing and just BREATHE will help to soothe the nervous system. Not only will this be helpful in slowing down the child, this can be beneficial for parents as well! Connecting to the breath helps to improve immunity, promotes mind-body awareness, promotes a sense of groundedness, reduces stress and anxiety, and much more. Try this square breathing exercise with your little one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFdZXwE6fRE

 

Essential oils that help to increase focus and concentration (you can diffuse them in the air or dilute them with a carrier oil and use them topically):
  • Peppermint
  • Sweet orange
  • Spearmint
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon
  • Change of environment

 

Have you ever thought about how much your child may be able to learn by just being outside in nature? It is said that being out in nature can help to…
  • Restore a child’s attention
  • Relieve stress
  • Develop more self-discipline
  • Keep them more engaged and interested
  • Increase physical fitness
  • Promote connection and creativity

 

Raising a child during a pandemic is by no means easy. It’s important that parents and caretakers are mindful of the learning style of the child. I feel as though I have learned the most valuable lessons simply by experiencing life and also spending time in nature and being observant. I’m sure there are others out there that feel the same. Maybe your child is longing for that connection. I believe it’s equally important to make sure that they have an abundance of time to explore and be disconnected from devices as well. Never underestimate the power of play.

You may have a child that has been thoroughly enjoying virtual learning and excels at being an attentive listener. Yet for those of you that may have a child that learns best by being more active and engaged, I hope that the tips above may be helpful to you!

 

 

If you feel as though your child may benefit from private yoga and meditation instruction, I have experience and thoroughly enjoy working privately with children ages 8 and up. For inquires email amiley@ampersandintegrative.com.

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