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The quarantine has turned the household into the classroom. Although the learning scenario isn’t ideal, in most households it does create some positive opportunities for parents and children alike.

There are opportunities to become more involved in your child’s educational development, but also to teach them life skills, which they don’t always learn at school. Another benefit from being at home is getting to spend more time together and maybe even introducing your children to hobbies you like and participating in activities they like to do.

Like teachers, parents also play a large role in educational development. However, sometimes work and managing the household can take parents away from seeing how their child is doing in different areas at school. Now, parents can see what their child is learning but also share their own knowledge on a subject. Being at home is a great way to pass down your teachings. Did your parents teach you neat tricks for doing math? Why not share them with the next generation.

If a child is having difficulty on a subject, now parents will know right away and prevent the old “Report Card surprise”. One particular area where parents can influence their children is reading and writing. Reading books with children is beneficial for language and literacy. Try encouraging children to talk about the illustrations and predict what will happen next.

Another benefit from being at home is teaching them lessons you personally find important. It doesn’t have to be an educational lesson. It could be a life lesson that was passed down from your parents and so forth. Maybe it’s a secret recipe to the family meal that has been passed down from generation to generation. Or maybe the lesson is something you learned when you were a kid. Or maybe this is the opportunity to teach them how to do chores around the house and give yourself a little break.

Do you or your children have any hobbies? All this time together is a great opportunity to take part in each other’s hobbies and show you are interested. If you like to play songs or write music, then have the kids take part. Ask them to write their own lyrics and sing along while you play. Being quarantined can also be great for teaching them new card games, or old ones. After the children participate in your hobbies, take time to indulge them in theirs. Does your child have a collection of some sort? Ask them to show it to you. They will love sharing their hobbies with their parents. Does your child like to play video games? Why not challenge them to a race in Mario Karts or simply watch them play. Who knows, you might actually like playing just as much as they do.

The quarantine has changed how a lot of families function at home, but these changes can be positive. Time is valuable, and now we have more time to spend it with our children.