Coronavirus: kids off school, whats next for parents?

At a time of national crisis, everyone is devastated, scared because of the impact of Coronavirus, it is true everyone is affected mentally, psychologically and economically

As of today, everyone is at the immediate risk of the virus. The pandemic and the response required is impacting all our education, health and economy

Just over a day ago, the President of Uganda banned mass gatherings, closed all schools because of the COVID19 and those of millions of parents in Uganda changed dramatically when schools all over the country were closed

Overnight we all faced with the issue of how to manage working from home, not going out plus homeschooling for most of the kids and not to mention the omnipresent mental load on top of it, some of us are left with nothing

On Social Media, I’m jokingly referred to as hustler, yes it is true and I now Imagine parents who had paid the full amount of fees, some even got a loan and kids are back home before the term ends. I’m certainly no expert on parenting or early childhood education, all about finding ways to make my life easier. Yes, even under self-quarantine, we shall survive as long as we adhere to the measures

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The closure of Meetings, events, conferences is overwhelmingly shocking but worth saving the lives of Ugandans, and some people are learning to juggle work from home, and of course parents, and the education of children who, on a whole, are sick and tired of being stuck at home

The good news is that there are loads of free educational resources for kids of all ages, from virtual ballet classes to printable. Y’all also have some expert advice on keeping your children academically engaged while they’re at home

As overused as the term self-care may be, it’s important that parents not get so wrapped up in caring and educating others that they fail to take time for themselves. If exercise is your thing, of course, don’t neglect your mental health. Take advantage of the wonders of telemedicine to meet up virtual therapists, if you’re struggling, I know coping with this COVID19 and kids at the same time is not easy

There’s no shame in spending a more-than-usual amount of time watching Disney+Nickelodean. Lastly, let children have access to COVID19 information

Stay home. Stay safe. wash your hands. Avoid handshake.

Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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