As we all know, due to the rising cases of coronavirus outbreak, the central and state government has shut down all schools and colleges including public gatherings. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also announced the nationwide lockdown and urged people to practices social distancing. The idea of staying at home with their children during the COVID-19 lockdown adds a degree of stress and anxiety to parents.
We all know that maintaining positive emotions is good for happiness and culture, and parents can decide to schedule game nights, call their children face to face with grandparents, friends, and involve them in challenges they find interesting.
A brainstorming session, and involving children, is a good place to start because it will be especially important if your family is isolated or if a school is closed.
The way your family works during an unexpected shutdown is important. For parents, to sit down with their children and plan their day is more important than ever.
Here are five ways to engage your children at home effectively during quarantine-
1. Follow the schedule to make children more relaxed
Setting a daily schedule is an effective way to address anxiety. This will make children feel safe and relaxed.
2. Let your children socialise with peers (digitally)
Plan fun activities with your peers via video calls so they have time to socialize. Establishing study groups can be a great way to socialize your child and reduce the sense of isolation.
3. Utilise technology
While it’s important to limit your child’s screen activity, don’t forget-if done correctly-this can be a great way to interact with your child. Some educational apps and toys may be a good way to teach the curriculum and schoolwork to kids.
4. Allow your kids to experiment
Give your child some time to focus on fun activities such as DIY science experiments, crafts, drawing, watching documentaries and educational videos.
Try not to be too harsh on them.
5. Family bonding time activities
Each of us is not used to being together. Find ways to exhaust yourself while keeping in touch with each other-work out a workout routine, bake some exquisite desserts, hold a loud ball or just play board games together!
Help them understand COVID-19-how it spreads, what it does, and how to prevents it.