8 Parenting Tips for Fighting Coronavirus Season

8 Parenting Tips for Fighting Coronavirus Season

Parenting is a tough job. Add a pandemic to it and it becomes even harder. Kids don’t have the same kind of understanding as we adults do. They need direction to realize what’s wrong and right. They need to see us react to understand how to act in different situations. 

With Coronavirus spreading relentlessly and quarantine in place, it creates a scary situation, especially for young children. You cannot rely on your day-to-day parenting hacks for such an unusual situation. Keeping this in mind, we have curated a list of 8 things that you should do while you and your kids are stuck in this lockdown. 

 

Get real with them

Your kids are probably really confused right now. With no school, playgrounds closed, no more outings, it’s the perfect reason to be anxious. 

Do you know anxiety can lead to depression? Well, the goal is not to scare you but to tell you that anxiety is common in times like this. 

  1. Telling your kids about Coronavirus, talking about the current scenario and the needed precautions can help them better understand the situation. You must have heard – Knowledge is power. Well, the more you encourage them to learn about the situation, the more comfortable they will feel about all this chaos. 

 

Make hygiene fun

Maintaining proper hygiene is something that doctors have recommended continuously, right after the need for maintaining social distance. 

  1. Encourage your children to wash their hands frequently. Before they eat, after they eat, before they go to bed, or after they have touched something dirty. But kids are hardly interested in things that aren’t fun for them, no? This is why we recommend making this activity fun. 
  2. Do it with them. Sing songs to ensure that they wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. Give them little rewards for following your directions and being on their best behavior. Bottom line, make it fun. 

 

Listen to them

Kids have a knack for throwing tantrums, especially, when they are anxious or irritated. You can expect a hike in these tantrums with such an exceptional situation in play. Instead of getting irritated yourself, you need to be okay and let it be. 

  1. Listen to what they have to say and be more supportive than usual. You listening to them can give them a sense of relevance. 
  2. Not to mention that the more they talk, the more they have to use their brains to come up with new arguments. They need mental exercise more than you think. 

 

Create a schedule – Give them a routine

Children work best with a routine. Set timings for school, homework, eating food, television, and so makes them comfortable. Their mind and body have fallen used to their normal schedule. It gives a sense of normalcy. 

Creating one now can help get back the normal for them. You can tell them when to read, when to play, and when to eat. This way they have something to look forward to and know what the goal of the day is. 

  1. Give them a purpose. Making them busy will help keep their mind off of things. This way you can also achieve the right balance between their studies and play. 
  2. Maintain their sleeping patterns, and you will find them to be calm and relaxed. 

 

Switch off the Electronic Gadgets

 

With so much free time and no school to look forward to, it’s easy to fall in love with electronic gadgets. Watching cartoons on television, videos on the computer, playing video games on mobile. The possibilities and applications are endless. 

But you have to be more authoritative and keep them away from these gadgets. They are not only bad for their eyes and overall health but they can also keep them away from the physical exercise they need. 

 

Take care of your Mental Health 

A big part of keeping your kids calm and relaxed is keeping yourself composed. You need to stay calm and avoid taking any stress. 

Kids have a way of understanding your emotions even without you having to voice them out. The only issue, they don’t know how to define those emotions exactly. This not knowing can make them even more anxious. 

  1. Keeping yourself healthy – mentally will help you in maintaining the emotional balance at your home. As you take care of your kids, don’t forget to do things that make you happy. Read a book or cook something new.

 

Keep a Positive Environment

Keep it light or as your kids would tell you – take a chill pill. 

It’s scary out there especially not knowing when exactly it is going to end. But you need to stay positive. Laugh a little more, be thankful that you and your family are safe. 

Take all the necessary precautions, keep yourself updated, pray for those who are infected, but more importantly, don’t forget to enjoy and relax. 

 

Take a breather & Let them play

Physical exercise is important and so you should let your kids play. Not outside but inside the house. In fact, you should join them. If you don’t want things breaking, try some yoga or Zumba. There are YouTube videos with home routines out there that you can follow and have plenty of fun watching as a family. 

  1. You can make daily activities playful. Make cooking lunch a family activity. Or take that ludo board out.  

 

Kids are very sensitive to their surroundings. They will respond to what you will give them. Be attentive. Take rest, avoid any stress, stay at home, maintain a routine, and stay safe. Together, we can fight this.