10 Humorous Tips for Teaching Kids at Home

Cathy Guisewite once said, “When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.”

Humor allows us to shift our focus, giving us a distraction from the events going on around us. Guisewite’s quote reminds us that sometimes embracing your worry can actually help you find the levity in the moment.

As parents, our lives have been turned upside down. Overnight, we’ve become teachers, CEOs, and psychologists. We’re balancing the demands of homeschooling, working remotely, caring for our families, and disinfecting groceries.

The struggle is real.

Humor has become one of the ways people are dealing with the stress of COVID-19. Many parents turned ‘homeschool teachers’ are getting more than they bargained for. Check out these 10 tips we’ve put together for all you parents turned teachers.

Go ahead and laugh. Sometimes that’s all we’ve got left to do.

Tip #1: No need to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on math materials. Use CDC recommendations instead. You won’t have to worry about running out of problems for your kids to do since their recommendations change daily.

Tip #2: Give yourself grace. They already read your emails from last year. They know what level to expect your child to reach this year.

Tip #3: Listen carefully. Your kids deserve the best education like you deserve the best, boxed wine in your fridge.

Tip #4: Pants are now optional at parent-teacher conferences.

Tip #5: Save full sentences for adults. Your kids don’t listen to everything you say anyways.

Tip #6: Replace no with “not a chance ever, kiddo.”

Tip #7: Use screens to teach. It’s like a magnet for their eyes.

Tip #8: Chuck the Pinterest lesson plan. Create one that works for your family – and in your favor.

Tip #9: Be advised. When on a Zoom call, your kids will believe it is music hour.

Tip #10: Watching penguins jump down the stairs is now considered as a science credit.

Bonus Tip: Fire drills save lives.