As the world is struggling with COVID‑19, parents are having to juggle the needs of children who are home from school and also can’t go outside to play with their friends. In many families, both parents are working and it is very difficult for them to handle everything. The changes we’re experiencing can be especially stressful for young people in our lives. Some are celebrating the time off and others are unnerved and anxious about the changes in routine.
For School going children and teenagers, it is easy for parents to tell about the current situation and make them understand what to do and what not to do but for pre-schoolers, it is very difficult to explain them and make them understand the whole situation. So, for them, it is on their parents that how they react to and deal with stress is most important. Parents are their protectors.
Here I am sharing some tips, suggestions, and my personal experience with my pre-schooler of how to reduce your child’s anxiety and how to engage them productively.
Maintain routine in a day
Make a routine for a day and follow it every day. Give meals on time, fix their playing hours, screen time. This will help them to understand what they need to do for a whole day. By this, they don’t feel any change in their environment.
Spend some time together
Even if you all are staying together 24 hours but take 10 to 20 minutes and spend some time together with your kids. You can play with them games like building blocks, puzzle-solving, tell them stories, etc. you should switch off or put your phone on silent mode. So that they won’t feel lonely and become emotionally strong.
At this time when they cannot go outside and there is no physical activity so, you can involve them in workouts and yoga. You can also show them videos on yoga and exercises so, they find it more interesting.
Encourage writing and drawing about the experience
Some kids may not feel like talking, so provide other ways for them to express themselves. Writing and drawing pictures can help kids deal with what’s troubling them. Use these as an opportunity to remind them that it’s okay to feel the way they do; you can help by continuing to listen and accepting where they are emotionally throughout the healing process.
Limit your child’s exposure to news
Don’t depend on the news to give your child the information they’re looking for. Sounds and images from news reports are often too intense for children and make them affect the shock even more. It’s important to clarify their confusion and give honest answers, but stick to the basic facts and follow up with the reassurance that their safety is the most important thing to you.
Take care of yourself
The COVID-19 outbreak causes worry and stress among parents, too. When parents pay attention to their own emotions and take time to care for themselves, it’s good for them and their children.
Stay connected with your family and friends. Be gentle with yourself if you aren’t doing everything you want to be doing or aren’t as patient as you wish.
The above information is based on research and my personal experiences if you have any more suggestions & tips please comment below .