6 Ways to Support Your Children Through COVID-19 Lockdown
The nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus has entered its second week now. The lockdown has brought with it feelings of anxiety, stress, and uncertainty, which are especially felt by children of all ages. However, one thing to remember is that with early school closure, canceled events like planned vacations, and separation from friends may have a heavy toll on young children’s minds. They are now going to need to be loved and supported more than ever.
Here are six ways to support children the COVID-19 Lockdown.
Allow your child to speak his heart out. Don’t stop him.
The first thing here is to be open with your child. Allow him to speak whatever he wants. You must listen to him patiently and then answer him. Use your judgment to answer. Think about what is appropriate and then give your answer. Your child doesn’t have access to his friends and that’s the first problem for him. Secondly, multiple thoughts are going on in his mind for which he doesn’t have any answers. You must fill in the gap and help your child to speak whatever he wants to speak about the present pandemic.
- Be calm and accessible
The need of the hour is for you to have a calm conversation with your children about the disease. You can tell them about how they can protect themselves and stay healthy until the disease ends. Remain accessible to answer all their questions about COVID-19. To do that you need to remain upgraded about the disease all the time.
- Make a routine
Have a routine at home to ensure your child remains occupied until the lockdown is removed. If you don’t a routine, create some new in order to have a fruitful day for both you and your child. Ensure to include some domestic chores, playtime, screen time, and fun elements in the daily routine. This will not just keep your child engaged fruitfully but also help him forget whatever is happening outside. This will also give them a sense of responsibility.
- Check with them about their COVID-19 awareness
There’s a lot of facts, fiction, and misinformation doing rounds on social media and TV about COVID-19. While we adults can filter the right and wrong information, children can’t as they will believe everything they hear or see. Therefore, as adults you must sit down and ask your child about what he knows about coronavirus and where did he learn about it.
- Create a happy environment at home
All the information the children hear about the disease can be overwhelming for them. You need to distract them so that the information doesn’t cause them any worry. To create a happy environment, you need to think from your child’s perspective and create situations in which he feels happy. Have a game night after dinner or watch a movie together at night. You can even cook meals together. This way you’re ensuring your child is distracted from all thoughts.
- Keep a watch on your child’s behavior
Situations like these can cause anybody to start panicking and this is not the time to show any signs of fear. You need to keep an eye on your child’s behavior to ensure that he isn’t behaving abnormally. If there’s any mismatch in your child’s behavior now as opposed to the one before the lockdown, then you need to speak to your child and calm him down.
Children always look upto adults for safety and security. Now is the time for you to provide extra care, safety, and security.