It has been long since we are under this pandemic and we all are anxious to get out of our homes! Kids are more enthusiastic to spend some time outside, especially away from parents. As schools and workplaces are closed, it is getting harder to keep up at home.
It is even difficult to keep the kids occupied and interested in the house. Here are some parental tips to adopt during this pandemic:
Keep Routines in place
It is necessary to stick to the routines even during this quarantine period. Routine is the key to teaching discipline to kids, and it cannot be compromised. Kids should always get up on time; eat at the correct time and go to bed at fixed times.
Letting them run around at inappropriate times and not sticking to routines will just ruin their schedule. Moreover, to save yourself and your kid from being stressed, then maintain consistency and structure. However, it is also good to go off-course at times. Your child needs to let out its anxiousness due to this great change in life.
Include an exercise, a balanced meal at correct times, and studies should also be a part of their schedule.
Keep it Positive
This pandemic calls for time to be most optimistic. The extending lockdown and constant feeling of life at risk are making everyone stressed. And, with kids and teenagers around at all times, staying positive can be a bit of a tough job! Often the situation ends up yelling at them to stop form something. Hence, this is when you should be more positive with your words and instructions.
Whatever, you say to them will register in their mind quicker. They do not have anywhere to distract themselves. So, show the behavior you would want to see. Use positive words while asking your child to do a task. Try not to sound angrier and stressed when you talk to them. In addition, praise them for all their help and efforts around the house.
Talk About COVID-19
COVID-19 is a serious issue and your children should be thorough about it. Be willing and open to talk to them. Update them with all the information who have related to the coronavirus pandemic. Also, be ready to answer their questions. Silence and secrets do not help anyone.
You also have to understand how well your child gets the situation and what do they think about it. Give them enough space to share their thoughts and let them know that you are always there for them. There will be instances where you will have no answers to their questions. And it is okay to have no answers, just explore the solutions together.
Apart from sticking to your routine, you also need to be creative in your activities. You can incorporate new activities and games. Indulge them into your family nights. Your children will stay energetic and cheerful throughout the day. Or you can adopt baking and try out new recipes occasionally.
You can work upon some arts and crafts, imaginary games, musical activities, household projects, etc. There are so many things you could do during all this time. Find a middle ground and pick up a new hobby for all of you to enjoy. Include physical activity in your routine like yoga, a walk, and a bicycle ride. It is the best way to burn off energy, and the entire mental burden can be reduced.
In this course of an event where a pandemic has taken over the world, it is necessary to be proactive. The situation is out of control and hence making plans will help you take care of the near future. Think about all the magnificent things you can do from home and after the situation gets better.
How can a family have fun outside? What favorite foods can you cook? What do your kids want during this pandemic? Your kids should see how well can you respond to problems. Show them how instructive and constructive you are. The kids will learn from you. What would make it better? Involve these kids into minor tasks and activities. It will make them feel part of the plan and make a valuable contribution to the family.
Young children feel unsettled during this coronavirus pandemic. So as a parent, try to talk to your kids; and find out if anything worries them. Help them overcome the troubles.