Online learning has made it more convenient for professionals or parents to take classes at night or on weekends. In spite of the convenience, there is still a lot of reading. Children may not comply with your request for quiet. Learn to study at home — with kids.
Spending the Time with the Child (Reading)
The importance of reading to children is well known. Very young children won’t care if you are reading from a book on business communication or the story of Cinderella – as long as you are animated. Make project management, human resources or calculus interesting for yourself and your kids by using funny voices to read the parts with expression. You may find that you even have an easier time remembering what you read!
Set up a Reading Area
If the subject matter simply does not lend itself to reading aloud, set up a reading area for yourself and the children. Stock it with special toys that only come out while you are in this area. As you are reading, children will enjoy the novelty of the toys and being near you. Even though it is unlikely that you will get more than 30 minutes at a time of peace and quiet, learn to study in short increments.
TV is Your Friend
Much is said about the evils of television. Watching inappropriate shows and spending too much time in front of the set is indeed bad for kids. That being said, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – quoting the University of Kansas – does concede that “both school readiness and verbal and math abilities were greater in children who watched “Sesame Street” and other educational programs.”
In short, TV is not all bad, as long as you pick and choose the programs wisely and perhaps also invest in some DVDs or video tapes that the child may watch as you are reading. Children will appreciate the TV break.
Make it Family Study Time
It may be an unorthodox time, but why not learn to study together as a family? Kids may like the novelty of snuggling up with a book of their own well after dark and you will have the benefit of reading children just as you get your own reading done.
Do not worry about bedtime too much; when kids get tired of reading, they are not too proud to close their eyes. Besides, a child who becomes so engrossed in a book that she reads well past bedtime is the type of child most parents would love to raise!
AAP: “Smart Guide to Kid’s TV”