This year ,started with an onset of unexpected long vacation time for kids. Managing kids and working from home, has become a daily hurdle for all parents ,especially for those parents who are working. Unexpected closing of day cares, playschool and schools, brought everyone under the same roof.
But yes, the deadlines for jobs are never to be compromised.
The promises to kids and their share of time has no compromise too.
What do these parents do, who had their majority schedules planned and inked across a year-planner, these unexpected vacations did break them apart for a split second, even though they craved their time with their kids and even elderlies in the house? Amidst these rising pandemic fear, it is also important for families to stick to each other and ensure the kids are safe.
Even though there are numerous solutions listed out on the internet, to cope with the quarantine period, sometimes, all these go blank and worthless. Designing a solid plan that can be executed – yea well-executed is a hassle, but worth a try.
A pre-requisite before planning kids activities during a quarantine
Firstly prioritize what exactly you want to do and how you are planning to go about it, then everything. Most of the people have to work without maids or any other help in the house, (which are upon the safety pre-requisites ) so, the while everything has come to be an overburdening moment, it is important to set your mind to handle it. Do not let your mind to be quarantined during this time.
Remember a healthy mind is the source for healthy soul.
So here we go with the tips :
Firstly , Set your child be free
It is said that a child needs to enjoy their own company, give them the choice to do what they like. Do not spoon-feed them, as they will require someone to guide them at each point of time. Give them the joy of taking decisions. Let them learn to fail or fall, but also to rise on their own. Nowadays most of the parents are obsessed with guiding force, and they assume themselves to be right all along, forgetting the child himself/herself is an entity themself and has the right to choose. These are critical moments, when they learn to include themselves in anything, that makes them feel countable.
Let them Get Bored
It’s not about playing an entertaining them all the time, let them be bored too. Boredom is an interesting stimulant to great thoughts. Don’t go by inundated suggestions that are flooding everywhere and fill your child’s day with activities. Give them some time to themselves and nurture their skills. They might develop something new, out of the blue, which may be the most intriguing part of being them, but yes the best. Giving the boost, to develop something on their own is important to nurture their confidence.
Help them develop a healthy routine
Quarantine doesn’t mean plenty of sleep until the sun is shining right atop your head. Make sure, they wake up and stick to certain routines. With this, they will not slide away from their normal routine and get plenty of time to do things. Moreover, when the school reopens, they will not have any difficulty in dealing with the school timings. Being a parent myself, I have noticed several parents let their kids sleep up to 10- 11 in the morning. The major mistake is that by the time child wakes up, they are already upset and hungry and makes them all the crankier to handle. Instead, waking up them early and feeding them right on time is important.
Indulge the kids in some routine excercise
Health is primarily an important focus now, Building immunity is not easy by just having the right food. Stick to a healthy habit of doing exercise too. It is one way helpful to boost immunity and also increase the stamina. A child, basically being indoor all the time, is succumbed to becoming a couch potato. Hence spend your time with your child, doing some exercise with them. Trust me, they enjoy doing it when in the company of their parents.
Household chores are not just for Parents
Make your child feel responsible, be it a boy or girl, let them learn to do little things that they can manage doing at home. Include your child in day to day activities. It gives you plenty of time being with them, also ease your jobs. It need not be a hard job, but somethings that they can manage to do.
A book to read or a time to draw or indulge in art and craft
Let it be anything they love to do like from reading to gardening, let them take the initiative to do it. Some kids even like cooking. Whatever they like, it is good to encourage them to do it. If you don’t find any bookstores open, go for audio books, or even start a book chain in your own locality.
Encourage Learning too..
Schools are not the only place they learn. You as a parent also can help you child learn something new. Like many kids who find it difficult to read and write, can always utilize this period of time to nurture it. Elder kids can also learn a few multiplication tables, or even improve their vocabulary, or even learn a new language at this time.
To Wrap Up ;
It is not about how much time we have, it is how we utilize every bit of it, that makes it important. Spend your quality time with your family. Prioritize your daily task and chores, share it, if you cannot. The more the merrier. Quality time with your kids need not be just on a couch, you can spend your time with them, even along with your daily chores, including them in every possible way.
Let this quarantine time , be the beginning of new parenting styles.