Your children are going through what could be one of the most academically disruptive periods in their lives, so it is important to help maintain your child’s focus, both on tasks and activities, but also the bigger picture of their development.

Stick to a timetable

Your child will be used to a structured day, so try and help them create this, if they haven’t done it for themselves already. This structure can help break the day up in their minds, at a time when the environment in which they are working isn’t changing as it might in school.

Offer variety

You’re probably a busy parent, either working from home or running a busy house. By putting a little time and energy into creating a varied day for your children you can help stimulate their minds - leading to a more focused child and greater productivity. Think outside the box – create nature scavenger hunts for your daily exercise, incorporate science and maths into baking and other everyday activities to keep them focused.

Exercise and diet

What your child eats throughout the day is just as important as where they are sat or what distractions they have around them. You want to feed them to support their minds, which requires some planning.

Try to avoid blood sugar highs and lows, so avoiding sugary treats and drinks is the first step to an engaged brain. Whole meal or wholegrain produce, which releases its energy slowly, is great for your child. Think a balanced diet of fresh fruit, nuts, vegetables, oily fish and lean meats.

Keeping them active will also help you all stay sane. There are some fantastic free resources online at the moment including Joe Wick’s Monday-Friday PE sessions on YouTube at 9am, which are also available on-demand on his YouTube Channel.  

An opportunity for new skills

It’s unlikely that we will ever have so much time on our hands again in our lifetimes. So often we get caught up in the “We don’t have enough time” trap, but this situation can become the perfect opportunity to try new skills. With a plethora of free resources online – such as Rosetta Stone language courses free to all school pupils, online music tuition and even dance classes.


Encouragement can make a huge difference to a child’s self-esteem. Even when you’re busy working, try and take time out to check over their work and offer praise, especially where they have been proactive in completing a task or even some chores around the house.