Why Regular Schooling Is Awesome For Kids’ Mental Health

We have seen so much craziness in the world since the first quarter of 2020 that might last us all a lifetime. A new coronavirus came and sent everyone hiding at home for at least a couple of months. Many people have embraced the work-from-home setup, which used to earn a lot of raised eyebrows in the past. And every person is eagerly waiting for a vaccine that could immunize all of us against COVID-19.

But more than the adults and their careers, do you know who has been suffering the most due to coronavirus? It’s the kids.

When the news spread like wildfire, the classes were still ongoing. The students had these exams and projects and presentations planned, and then the local government mandated everyone to stay at home and continue the classes online.

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Online! It might not be a bother to homeschooled children, but it’s a different story for those who chose to do regular schooling. The coronavirus robbed them of that choice. Even though this rule was for their benefit, this fact didn’t make the adjustment easier for all. To be honest, moms and dads didn’t have time to prepare themselves for it, and I knew a few whose mental health began to suffer because of these significant yet sudden changes.

Now that we are nearing the fourth quarter of the year, and the classes have started again, things are only slightly better than before. I say ‘slightly’ because the children can do sports and do other outdoor activities in some states, but not everyone can go to school five days a week.

In case you have forgotten the perks of regular schoolings for the kids’ mental health, allow me to elaborate below.

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Youngsters Need To Be Around Same-Aged Peers

New parents tend to think that their kids’ success depends on which school they enroll in. Well, that’s partly true. In reality, someone’s success hinges on their ability to socialize and build their network. And what’s a better way to do that than by letting children be around same-aged peers?

Similarly, youngsters like to copy each other. If a child sees their friend eating without the teacher’s help during lunch, they may try to do the same. If someone loves to share their toys and snacks to others, they may learn how to be generous, too.

Taking away the children’s opportunity to hang out with their peers may not be good for them.

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Kids Learn Survival Skills At School

Although children seem to only learn about grammar and science and math and other subjects at school, they gain more than that through regular education.

You see, when a kid attends a class, the teacher’s rules become apparent to them. E.g., study hard, listen to your teacher, speak respectfully to everyone, etc. These are practical survival tips that they can use even when they turn into adults.

For instance, in the playground, kids figure out early that bullies and crybabies don’t make a lot of friends. Furthermore, compassion and sportsmanship win everyone’s hearts. Again, such ideas apply in the real world.

Though I can’t be 100% sure about it, it’s safe to say that children can’t learn any of that by taking online classes.

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It Is Awful For Kids To Stay Cooped Up At Home

Before this so-called “new normal,” many parents successfully kept the little ones away from gadgets and video games. They had sports matches and martial arts training and recitals to occupy their days; their friends were always available to play with them, too. However, when the coronavirus arrived, all kids had been forbidden to leave their own houses, so there was only so much that moms and dads could do to keep them happy.

The online classes didn’t help with the situation since they forced the children to be in front of the computer the entire day. Sure, they still had lectures and quizzes and everything, but they were mostly sitting in the same spot for hours. That could not be good for their physical and mental health in the long run.

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Children Require Stability And Consistency

Regular schooling is ideal for kids who need stability and consistency in their lives. They know that the teachers expect them to sit in class five days a week; they see the same faces of classmates and teachers daily. Even if there is a school break for two months, they will still be with each other after that.

Unfortunately, there is nothing stable or consistent with the new setup. Some get a combination of online and regular classes; others do online classes until a vaccine comes. It may have been okay if the government has simply stuck to a single educational system so that the kids won’t get confused.

Final Thoughts

Since most vaccines are not mass-produced until January 2021, parents and children alike have no choice but to embrace online schooling for a while. Despite that, once you get to decide later if your child will continue doing that or go back to regular education, do the latter – it’s fantastic for kids’ mental health.

12 Issues That Teens With ADHD Want Their Teachers And Parents To Know

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Students with ADHD struggle when it comes to learning. If teachers have their issues with this kind of learner, well, the students themselves have their concerns. Most teenagers with ADHD are aware of their condition, and they are also trying to work things out themselves. However, they need an understanding of the people around them especially their educators and parents.

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Academic Anxiety: Enhancing Relationships And Helping Your Kids With Their Schoolwork Confidence

Stress Is A Confidence-Killer For Schooling Kids

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Kids, by nature, are pretty handy. They are always full of energy and curious about many things. But when it comes to schoolwork, they get bored quickly, misbehave and become disinterested. But just because they state disinterest doesn’t mean that they don’t like schoolwork at all. Most of the time, anxiety on academics is the one that’s speaking.

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Learners With Depression – How Teachers And Parents Can Help

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Depression can happen to anyone. No one is exempted, and no one can tell when it’s coming. This can also happen to young people no matter how vibrant they may seem. And that makes it more badly as it affects not only their young lives but also on how they perceive things. However, teen depression comes in with numerous factors with that you need to educate yourself about it.

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Developing A More Positive Relationship With Students

The relationship between a teacher and his or her students says a lot about the character of a teacher. The best teachers are those who can maximize the learning potential and capabilities of the students, and the relationship they have towards each other is integral. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the teacher should act as if in a popularity contest. Instead, one should take the time and effort to develop a positive relationship with the students.

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The Truth About Learning Disabilities That Teachers Want You To Understand (Part 2)

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I love my career as an educator, especially a teacher for those children with special needs. It doesn’t mean that if I call your child with special needs, he is mentally or psychologically unfit. Please, let us eliminate the stigma. Your child has a learning disability, and this is not something that he wants, nor does he consciously act or do. It is innate in him because it is his genetic composition.

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The Truth About Learning Disabilities That Teachers Want You To Understand (Part 1)

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As a parent, it may be dismay on your part to find out that your child will “not be cured” with his learning disability. Understand that this type of disorder is a neurodevelopmental issue. Yes, there is no cure, but there are ways to cope. There may be a hormone in your child’s brain that is either lacking or in overage, which causes these deficiencies in your child. It is not your fault and more so, not the fault of your child. You will have to accept that he is who he is and then, love him unconditionally by providing the understanding and support that he needs to overcome this learning issue.

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Parenting Tips: Children With Special Learning Needs

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We may have a child who has a high IQ, or those who excel in arts and music. Your child may be a gifted speaker, a storyteller, a singer, a dancer, or an artist. As parents, we become so proud to have a child that is like that, one who is talented and skilled.

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Psychologists Weigh In On Ideas That Students Should Avoid To Prevent Depression In College

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Psychologists, parents, and professors know how often college students feel depressed, to the extent that they need to take an indefinite leave of absence. Although it’s not something I always talk about, I have had the same experience during my last year at the university. My parents never pressured me to be the best, yet I knew that they were counting on me to excel in the scientific field, especially since I was merely trying to finish my thesis at the time. Things would have been effortless, though, if that was the career I wanted to have. In reality, it was not; that’s why I slowly slid down the depression hole and stayed there for a couple of months before I found the courage to reveal my situation to the family and pursue my dreams.

While I may be lucky to be able to get out of that dark aspect of life, many young students are still dealing with depression. From the past studies I have seen, the age range of teenagers who get depressed is getting broader, which means that the patients are becoming younger than ever as well. It won’t be surprising if the college folks who have depression already have this issue before they have even graduated from high school. So, it feels right to try to ease everyone’s pain by providing ideas about activities that students should avoid to prevent depression in college.

“The high rate of untreated college depression is concerning, as it can lead to distress, school failure, and self-harm,” Marcia Morris M.D. points out.

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Drinking Coffee

Aside from the common saying that caffeine can only make the drinker nervous, it also reduces the serotonin level in the body. In simple terms, the beverage makes an already-anxious person more anxious. Avoid too much caffeine intake so that you can be well on your way to your recovery.

In a study by Mi-Joo Jin, Dr. Chang – Ho Yoon, M.D. and Seung-Pi Jung,Ph.D, “the amount of caffeine intake had a significant correlation with mild to severe depressive symptoms and borderline insomnia [in adolescents]. This result is consistent with previous studies showing that caffeine intake influences sleep and causes daytime sleepiness affecting
academic achievement. In addition, persistent caffeine overdose can cause depression and lead to chronic depression as a withdrawal symptom even if caffeine intake is stopped.”

Having Negative Thoughts

Negative thoughts plus negative feelings are equal to depression. Cut back on the negativities to provide more space for positive thoughts so that you can get a result that’s way better than despair.

Being An Introvert

From time to time, we hear some reports about someone who has jumped off a building or a kid who has opened fire on the school grounds. Often, these people are the ones who have problems that they can’t or won’t share to anyone. In the end, they kill themselves or others. If you are reading this because you want to get better, follow my advice: don’t be an introvert and start speaking your mind from now on.

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Eating Ice Cream

Ice creams are only good for cooling down the body during the summer season. However, you should stay away from it and don’t copy the TV characters who eat it when they’re depressed. If you scrutinize the scenes vividly, the ice creams don’t make them feel better for a long time. It only makes them feel fatter than ever eventually, hence adding to their depression. So, if there’s still some sanity intact in you, keep in mind that overeating ice cream is a no-no.

Being Hard On Yourself

Just thinking of people, girls and boys alike, who monologue about how unappealing or unworthy they are that’s why their boyfriend or girlfriend left them already makes my head spin, so if that’s what you’re bawling for, stop being hard on yourself and just keep in mind that it’s more of their loss than yours.

Saying You Can’t Do This Or That

Depressed people tend to become dramatic, saying that they can never get over their loss or that they can never be happy again. Do me a favor – and yourself too – if you’re in a state of the depression and promise that you will never, ever say that you won’t be able to get out of this situation.

“During college, students experience many firsts, including a new lifestyle, friends, roommates, exposure to a new culture and experiences. Students may struggle if they can’t manage these firsts. If students aren’t prepared to cope, they can become easily susceptible to depression and anxiety,” say Erica Riba, LCSW and Diana Cusumano, LHMC, NCC.

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Frowning

Frowning can make you look old, ugly, and grumpy, so if you value the good genes that you have inherited from your family, don’t waste it by being depressed and frowning all the time. Smile instead, and then you’ll feel better.

Sticking Around Sharp Objects

I added it here not because I’m already concluding that the person who’s reading this now has suicidal tendencies, no. It should serve as a precaution because there might be a time in your life when you’ll get an idea of ending it so that your problems will be gone too. For your safety, move away from sharp objects now and train your mind to not even think about them when you’re feeling low.

To Sum Things Up

Even though I have dealt with depression as a college student, it remains painful to think about other kids who may be living with the same disorder now and trying their best to hide it from their parents, friends, and teachers. After all, depressed individuals tend to be great when it comes to covering up their emotions. Nevertheless, if you no longer want to see yourself in that state, you should help yourself and not wait for others to take notice of the symptoms. Avoid the activities mentioned above to prevent the progression of your depressive disorder.

School and Stress: How To Be Good At Handling Both 

There are many things that you need to take into consideration when it comes to studying. Nowadays, your concern is not only concerning your academic performance but also your capacity to interact with the people surrounding you such as your classmates and teachers. Unfortunately, all these things can get messed to the point that you will feel stressed.

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