The coronavirus has caused many people to change the way they express themselves and interact with each other. A sociable society has been constantly reminded and reprimanded of the importance of social distancing from friends and family, and this has now become the new norm.
We all feel for the parents that have to deal with COVID-19. It can be hard when you’re juggling work, family, and adjusting your lifestyle to protect yourself from this virus pandemic that has upended our world as we know it before us! COVID cases are now going up in Singapore, and it’s affecting schools badly. Keeping children healthy while at home is a challenge for parents, but we can do this together! Here are few steps how:
- Establish a Routine
There are so many great ways to keep your child engaged and learning! Try setting up a schedule for them that includes age-appropriate education programs, playtime on their favorite TV show, or Netflix program. You can also use everyday activities as opportunities where you indulge in some brainy fun together, like reading books with exciting topics while doing chores around the house (and not talking about what color goes best).
Maintaining consistent routines will help children develop good habits early on, which may help avoid behavior problems later down life’s road when they grow more independent–but only if these plans come out of genuine love between parent/child pairs who share mutual concern over one another’s needs.
2. Talk to them
It is important to be patient and understanding when dealing with stress in children. That means listening, asking your child questions about what they are feeling or thinking (and then offering support), gathering together at the end of each day if that helps them feel less alone during an issue-heavy conversation–or any number of other things parents can try! It might not always go exactly as planned, but keeping it lighthearted will make both you AND YOUR KID laugh through tough times too
3. Protect Them Online
Digital platforms provide an opportunity for children to learn, play and stay in touch with friends. But increased access online brings heightened risks that must be considered carefully-such as safety protection privacy. Discussing the internet with your kids is important, so they know how it operates and their responsibilities appropriately while using these sites like video calls.
4. Stay in touch with their educator
Stay in touch with your child’s teacher to find out how they are doing at school and ask any questions you may have. Sending them updates, asking questions, and getting more guidance is possible by staying informed through many different apps provided by schools, i.e., ClassDojo or Parents Gateway, etc. You can also find support for this journey on social media platforms like Facebook or many parenting websites.
5. Be Kind To Yourself
As parents, it is important to be kind and loving towards ourselves. If you feel overwhelmed with work-life balance, try managing your child’s schedule for a little while, or ask someone else who can help! However, recognizing and acknowledging the complexity of this situation requires a lot more than just simple solutions. The key element in creating a work-life balance is using time management skills that allow you to carve out some much-needed downtime for yourself and consistency with your commitments, which will help prevent burnout when it comes to maintaining mental health during these times.