The coronavirus pandemic is not easy. Living through it requires a newer way of life that is hard to adjust to, especially kids and older people. Feelings including anxiety, stress and uncertainty rule the mentalities of many of us these days.
This is even more apparent in children of all ages. They cannot go to school. They cannot meet friends. They have no events to look forward to. They are forced to stay indoors. What’s worse is that even though parents might be home, most of them will be working from home. This leaves less time for them to be with the children, too. All in all, all these situations lead to the children feeling isolated.
Psychologist Dr. Lisa Damour proposes 5 ways in which you can support your kids to feel “normal” during the pandemics stuck at home.
1. Being calm and proactive
“Parents should have a calm, proactive conversation with their children about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and the important role children can play in keeping themselves healthy. Let them know that it is possible that [you or your children] might start to feel symptoms at some point, which are often very similar to the common cold or flu, and that they do not need to feel unduly frightened of this possibility,” recommends Dr. Damour. “Parents should encourage their kids to let them know if they’re not feeling well, or if they are feeling worried about the virus so that the parents can be of help.”
2. Work to a routine
Dr. Lisa recommends making a schedule for your kids on how their day goes. This schedule better include play-time, technology time when they can connect with friends, and also time to help around the house.
3. Allow your kids to feel their emotions
It is okay for them to worry and be sad about what they are missing – playtime with friends, school, events, sports etc. Support them when they are feeling down.
4. Be up-to-date on what they’re hearing
With so much news circulating around regarding COVID19, it is important that you talk with your kids about what they know and what they ought to know.
5. Bring in positive distractions
To break the monotony, have family games, movie nights, story times, and anything that will boost your kids’ interest and engage them.
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