Coaching Parents Who Are Teaching at Home

With the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents have taken on the role of homeschooling teachers. While this shift has been necessary, it can be overwhelming for some parents who may not feel confident in their teaching abilities. This guide will discuss some tips for coaches to help support and guide these parents in their new role.

• Validate their feelings.
Many parents are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and unsure of their abilities to homeschool their children. As a coach, it is important to validate these feelings and provide a safe and non-judgmental space for parents to express their concerns.

• Encourage open communication.
Parents may not know what they don’t know and may be reluctant to ask for help. Encourage open communication and provide opportunities for parents to ask questions and get support.

• Provide resources and support.
There are many online resources available that can help parents who are homeschooling. Share these resources with parents, and help them find the ones that work best for them and their children. You can also provide support through online workshops or virtual meetings where parents can ask questions and learn from each other.

• Emphasize the importance of self-care.
Homeschooling can be physically and emotionally draining, and parents must prioritize self-care. Encourage parents to take breaks, engage in physical activity, and find ways to manage stress.

• Foster a growth mindset.
Help parents understand that homeschooling is a journey and that making mistakes and learning as they go is okay. Encourage a growth mindset and remind parents that their primary goal is to support their children in learning and growing.

Coaching parents who are homeschooling can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. By validating their feelings, encouraging open communication, providing resources and support, emphasizing self-care, and fostering a growth mindset, you can help these parents feel confident and capable in their new role.

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