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COVID-19: Should I Shift My Child To Homeschooling?

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Until an effective vaccine for the coronavirus is available, it is not safe for all of us, especially the children, to be near one another. The unavailability of a cure or solution is why the entire world has imposed different quarantine guidelines in their countries to contain and prevent the spread of the virus.

Aside from offices, one of the most affected by quarantine guidelines is the education system. Since mass gatherings or congregations are highly discouraged, if not prohibited, schools are forced to find ways on how to conduct their classes.

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Countries such as France and Korea have eased their quarantine guidelines and re-opened their schools. Unfortunately, in just a week, 70 new cases were reported in France, and these were all linked to students returning to the classroom set-up. Reports say that parents were relieved upon the re-opening of classes since adjusting to homeschooling was exhausting, mainly because they were also working from home.

Some institutions are also considering shifting to online classes. This arrangement would entail using video conferencing programs where students and teachers may conduct classes through electronic devices. Online courses would highly depend on the availability of devices as well as a reliable internet connection. In home-based schooling, parents may still need to supervise their children as they attend classes through video calls as well as reinforce their lessons.

What is the best choice for our children? How can we lessen the impact of the pandemic in their education? How can I help my children adjust to the new normal? These are just some questions that I ask myself. Of course, I want my children to get the best education there is. But is it possible in a time of pandemic?

Parents who have long practiced homeschooling have fully adjusted to this set-up. Fortunately for them, they do not have the same dilemma as the majority of us do. The ultimate question is, should I shift my child to homeschooling during the pandemic?

Here are some critical questions I asked myself as I consider making the shift:

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Am I Capable?

Homeschooling can be taxing to parents. Thus, it requires dedication and the desire to succeed. Parents would have to be responsible for implementing a structure with their child and choose appropriate materials. There is also a question of whether I could teach my children complex ideas in a simple manner.  

Do I Have The Time?

Homeschooling does not end with teaching your children. As instructors, we should also understand the lessons, so we should also have the time to review them. We also have to consider our children’s age group. The younger ones would require more attention. As children grow older, they become more independent and would require less supervision. You also have to take into consideration your job, chores, and other responsibilities at home.

Do I Have Enough Resources?

Modules are a big part of homeschooling. These are provided by institutions that offer homeschooling as part of their program. However, your child’s learning should not stop there. Depending on the learning curve and progress, you can design your child’s schedule and consider hiring coaches, enrolling in workshops, and other learning activities. You have to make sure that your child develops not only in academics but also in sports and socialization.

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Now that we are all stuck at home, and the risk of infection is very high, we should make use of our time well. The world may have slowed down because of the virus, but learning should always be continuous. Education is not limited to academics. We can also take this opportunity to teach our children life skills that will become useful later in their lives. These skills are essential to know no matter what structure of education we choose for them.

According to Dr. Ryan Harvey, M.D., “It’s important to be flexible and adaptive when creating your homeschooling routine, and letting your kids be involved in this planning process will ensure they are engaged and willing to learn throughout the day. A routine is important, though, so consider starting your day as you would a regular school day – by getting dressed and sitting down for breakfast.”

Homeschooling has enough room for flexibility. Your child’s education can adjust to your family’s lifestyle. However, I believe that it is not for everyone. Even in times like the pandemic, we should still consider what is compatible with our lifestyle and our children’s learning style. No homeschooling is the same. We have to support whatever method children are comfortable with. We have to listen to their needs rather than imposing what we like on our children.



A Parent’s Love

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The 2019 Parental Event is what a hottie single daddy like me needs. I just turned forty, and a few years back, my partner Ethan and I went to my hometown in the Philippines and stayed there for a bit. Our laundrywoman got pregnant, and to make it short, she gave up the baby. She even told me to take care of her. I had this chubby and brown, with so much hair, little baby girl in my arms, and I could not resist. It was love at first sight for me with Allyna and I have been her mommy, er, daddy ever since.

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How Fathers Can Support Their Children During The COVID-19 Pandemic

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Fatherhood is challenging, but this is getting tested more in the COVID-19 global pandemic. With the uncertainties piling up more and more these trying times, a lot of stressors emerge. These include worries on how to generate income, where to buy groceries, how to maximize a work from home setup, and more. However, the greatest challenge is on how to support your children amid COVID-19.

This situation might be a little difficult for fathers, but psychologists revealed various strategies on how to go about this. Here are some of them:

Stick To A Routine

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Whether you’re the type of father who goes to work early morning or is a stay-at-home dad, then make sure to stick with your routine. If you wake up at six in the morning and eat breakfast at eight, continue doing that. What’s the reason behind this?

According to experts, a child needs a structure. Therefore, even if things are not on their usual course right, you, as a father, should ensure that their worlds don’t lead to a full stop. If you think that it’s impossible and unhealthy to stick with your ‘normal’ routine, then create a new one. You can put up a schedule for the day for every family member, but make sure that everything is balanced.

You should include a timeslot where your kids are not allowed to play with any technological device. Set aside time as well in connecting with their friends. You may be able to achieve this with them talking to one another using mobile phones or any other video call platform. These practices are vital so that they won’t fully detach themselves from reality.

Set An ‘Us’ Time

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During difficult times like these, children need extra love and attention. They need reassurance that there are people around them who will support them in trying times like this. As a father, it is your responsibility to listen to their worries, and speak kindly on how they can address this. Do not be too negative about the situation. These are kids who are not yet ready to face the cruels of the world, so make sure that you don’t establish an environment like that.

Your ‘Us’ time can also be a space for you to tackle the nitty-gritty of coronavirus. It does not mean that you should dwell on the negatives; instead, focus on answering questions geared on your kid’s age level. Do not mention technical terms connected to the sickness. Focus more on explaining the concept using layman’s terms. It will give your kid a chance to learn more about the current event and correct whatever wrong information he or she has acquired.

Create Positive Distractions

Processing emotions as a child is a little complicated and challenging. They are a bit sensitive; therefore, it is your role as a father to handle it properly. Imposing positive distractions, such as dinner nights, board game nights, movie nights, cooking meals together, and more, will allow kids to relieve from the stress they are feeling.

Make sure not to rely too much on gadgets as positive distractions. Too much time on the internet will only lead to more confusion and anxiety to your kids, especially when they keep on reading and seeing negative news regarding the pandemic. 

Manage Your Own Emotions

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“Parents, of course, are anxious too and our kids will take emotional cues from us,” shares Dr. Lisa Damour, Ph.D., an expert adolescent psychologist, New York Times columnist, and best-selling author. “I would ask parents to do what they can to manage their anxiety in their own time and to not overshare their fears with their children. That may mean containing emotions, which may be hard at times, especially if they’re feeling those emotions pretty intensely.”

Whenever your kids see that you are getting anxious and scared, they’ll also share the same feeling. Your feelings of trouble will carry over to their emotions. As a dad, it is your responsibility to be reliable, not only for your kids but for your whole family as well.

Admit or not, we are in uncharted territory. Keeping life going during the pandemic might be a little challenging for everyone. Keep in mind, however, that a father should be a pillar in these trying times. Once you accomplish this, everything will follow.



Daddy Rules On Dating

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The 2017 Parenting Meeting provided so many answers for me when it came to my daughters. I am a single father and not by choice. My lovely wife, Patricia, has gone to heaven too early, and she left me to tend to our two beautiful girls. She has been gone for almost five years now, but I have never re-married. No plans to do it also.

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5 Things That Make Millennial Dads Oh-So Awesome! 

Millennials have been characterized in numerous ways. On the more positive side, they are regarded as more open-minded and supportive of equality concepts. They are receptive to change, new ideas, and innovation. They are also very expressive of their emotions. The less favorable things which characterize millennials include being narcissistic or self-centered. 

 

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5 Things A Father Wants From His Spouse 

In the eyes of a child, his father is Superman, Batman, and Captain America rolled into one. A father is every child’s first superhero. He can do all things like providing for his family and leading the family lovingly while being doing his best at work. However, behind every Superman is a support system, helping him in every way possible. The support system that provides for every husband’s needs is his spouse.  

 

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Is It Time To Plan For A Family?

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There are several issues that parties to a marriage must talk about so that they will eventually avoid drifting apart from each other. The marital union requires constant and honest communication from both the husband and wife to make it work. “A couple can prepare for parenthood by discussing how they currently support one another and how they deal with conflict and miscommunication,”explains Kristi Angevine, M.D. One of the sensitive topics that you may need to discuss with the other spouse is the plan of starting a family of your own. Keep in mind that this decision must be mutually made between you and your wife.

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Saving The Marriage: Be A Good Father

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Staying in a relationship is always a choice. No matter how much you love each other in a marriage, there will always come a time wherein the irreconcilable differences will bring you apart. There will be more hard days where you will feel less love for the other person or vice versa. All these problems and troubles are part of the marriage. As such, you need to find the courage to fight for the relationship and to say no to divorce.

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What Are The Issues That Family Therapy Could Solve?

No matter how much you put effort into making your family perfect, there will always be times when arguments and disagreements will show up. Just because you go through these things does not mean that there is neither love nor respect in the family. Sometimes, members of the household experience misunderstandings because they have different views on some issues or topics. Because of this, everyone is reminded to settle problems and differences with his family at all times. Luckily, there is now a family therapist who could help people solve these filial issues. “Family therapy is designed to help families collaborate to address family problems,” Blake Griffin Edwards, MSMFT, LMFT explains. “The course of treatment is often brief, and most family therapy models seek to address the communication (verbal and nonverbal) styles of the family, as well as any individual issues that may be interfering with the cohesiveness of the family system.”

 

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Below are some of the issues that an excellent family therapist could solve:

 

  1. Financial Matters. Many people fight over money. This is probably why it is called the root of all evil. If this is a big issue in your family, then be sure to get in touch with a therapist as soon as possible. Act fast so that the situation can be improved for everyone in the family. Do not delay the resolution of your financial woes because doing so could drive the members away from each other.

 

  1. Marital Problems. Are you having some trouble with your marriage? Do you want to save the marriage? A good family therapist is all you need to get over this challenging experience. Take note that divorce is not the only solution to your problem. It is highly recommended to see a professional first to try fixing the marriage.

 

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  1. Addiction. Is anyone in the family suffering from substance abuse or dependence on alcohol? Keep in mind that addiction is a mental health problem. You cannot rely on medications to make your loved one feel better or overcome his addiction. Sometimes, the services of a family therapist become necessary. Help a family member with addiction by bringing him to a professional.

 

  1. Chronic Illness. When someone in the household is suffering from chronic pain or disease, then there is a high possibility that he may also experience depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders. The best thing to do is to make the individual feel that he is a big part of the family. Seeing a family therapist can help you go through with this.

 

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  1. Divorce. Separation of the parents can be painful for the kids. When a divorce takes place in the family, the first thing that you must do is to make your children understand why you need to part ways with the other spouse. There is a possibility that they will not take it lightly. As such, try to bring them to a family therapist.  “Children’s needs for protection from parental conflict must be addressed before the establishment of any co-parenting arrangement after separation, and a full range of supports must be made available to parents in high conflict situations,” says University of British Columbia associate professor of social work Edward Kruk, Ph.D. “Within these programs, children’s needs become a means of connecting the parents in a positive direction at a time when conflict has divided them.” Seek professional help so that your kids will have a better understanding of the divorce.

 

Indeed, a family therapist is equipped with knowledge and expertise to help solve problems and issues in every household. Furthermore, “The family therapist works with the awareness that each human being is not merely an individual, but is also a part of many social groups or social systems,” according to Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. “Family therapy is effective because it harnesses the power of the family to heal itself.” Whenever you feel like things have become hard or stressful for everyone in your family, do not hesitate to get in touch with this professional. The fees may be expensive, but if you look at the advantages that you will get, the costs are worth it.

 

 



Tips On How To Look For A Psychiatrist

As a man, it could be difficult on your part to finally decide that you need help in processing your emotions. This decision is major, which is why you could not afford to make an error in choosing the right psychiatrist. As much as possible, take all the necessary steps before you decide. The first thing that you have to understand at this point is that choosing a psychiatrist is the initial step in improving your life. To ensure that nothing will go wrong, keep these tips in mind: 

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