How to Support Your Child's Developing Mind During COVID 19?
The pandemic comes with a lot of mixed feelings of trauma and anxiety. As a result, these emotions tend to impact young minds and can create a significant setback for the young child. There is beyond a reasonable doubt that COVID-19 poses a wide range of challenges to our children.
They are faced with the closure of schools, the cancelation of events, and separation from classmates, not to mention deaths among some families. However, these children have no control over their current situation. As parents and guardians, different children have different experiences of COVID-19. You realize there is no correct or approved remedy for the pandemic here with us. Here are some of the ways you can support your child's developing mind during this trying time:
Create Routines and Maintain Them
Creating routines and sticking to a schedule every day, especially if you are home all day, is one of the best ways to keep your child growing. However, like adults, kids also get bored if they have to do the same things repeatedly, at the same time every day.
Hence, we recommend adjusting the schedules as seasons change, but make sure to maintain a structure that is still obvious to them. For instance, make sure that they eat, wake up, and go to bed around the same time every day. This is a structure that comes in handy, even as the child becomes an adult.
According structure and consistency will keep your child calm during stressful times. This is most especially advocated for naturally anxious kids—knowing what will happen next and when will give them some sense of surety.
Keep Them Busy
Kids become very intolerable when they are bored. They become disruptive, and this only gets on your nerves, making the process even harder. Even during quarantine, find a way of creating safe spaces where your child can still participate in certain activities.
You can still have them play outside, build blocks in the playroom, set time aside for modeling clay sessions, play certain games together, and have them do music and art activities for their creativity adjustment.
Giving your child ample time to play and engage in learning or festive activities without showing worrying or having talks of the pandemic will help preserve their mental health.
Maintain Social Interactions
Even though we have been asked to social distance, it is of paramount importance that you don't isolate your kid socially. Children, especially at a tender age, still need quality time with their parents, caregivers, and other people in their lives.
Making sure your child is still socially connected will also help improve their resilience to the pandemic. This will help them feel like some things are still normal. You can have the video call their playmates just to make sure that their bonds aren't affected.
Find creative ways that will ensure they are still connecting with people. As adults, we have been feeling the effect of not seeing our loved ones due to COVID, and our kids are susceptible to the same struggle.