The COVID-19’s second wave in India is nothing but a distressing situation for everyone across the country. Everyone is finding it hard to cope with this new way of living from adults to young children.
As an adult, you may have already started settling with your new working practices. But for the children, the whole situation is more like chaos. They might be anxious about how new things are taking over their day-to-day lives. Plus, the debate on when the schools may re-open or how the education system will sustain can make children confused and worried at the same time.
So, you as a parent must take the right steps to reduce your and your child’s pandemic-related anxiety.
Here in this blog, we will help you navigate easily through these challenging times. Keep reading!
1- Talk about it:
Your priority must be keeping your child safe during these challenging times, but it is equally important that you talk to him/her about what is going on. This is because not talking about the current issue will only raise their anxiety. Kids hear things on the news or while they are conversing about the situation with someone else. Make sure that they gain developmentally appropriate information about what they are hearing.
2- Focus on facts:
The main reason for pandemic-related anxiety in kids is definitely incomplete information. Whether the information is about COVID-19, the vaccine, or when their CBSE School is planning to reopen, help the child know about the facts that are age-appropriate and in a proper way. For older students, you can always share informational sites that offer up-to-date information on various aspects. With toddlers, be sensitive and share details that matter.
3- Build critical-thinking and news literacy skills:
Social media contains a lot of information that is genuine and sometimes downright rumors and misinformation. Plus, some people act and react from a place of fear or partisan bias. So, make sure that you guide your child to credible news sources. Also, encourage them to check facts and never fully believe what the social media shows or their friends share. Many sites have genuine information, so direct those to your child. Or talk to them about the information you recently discovered.
4- Stay active and have fun too:
During the time of stress and anxiousness, a little distraction is more than enough. So, incorporate some physical activities instead of just letting the child use electronic devices. This way, you can lighten the mood at home and keep your child engaged in fun things.
Besides, there are various videos available online, like yoga, dance, arts and crafts, DIY channels, and much more. If possible, spend some time with your child doing something new.
5- Work with the teachers:
We know that even you are stressing out. You may have many questions about your career and how your child’s future development will be through online classes conducted by International schools. So, always make a habit of having a productive conversation with your child’s teacher. Ask questions that are on your mind about your child’s education. Likewise, take tips from other parents too.
Over to you
Looking at the current scenario, it is certainly hard to pinpoint when exactly everything will go back to normal. However, as a parent, you can always encourage your child to stay focused on important things and make him/her feel motivated through various activities.
It may get overwhelming, so use the tips shared above and navigate through these uncertain times effectively.