There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown every parent’s life out of whack. While you’re trying to adapt to the new normal, your children need consistency. Let’s look at why that is.
COVID-19 Changed Their Social Lives
Being with their friends and classmates are an important part of children’s lives. Older children might be able to understand distancing, but the young ones have it a bit harder. You can help them with this by working facts about the COVID-19 pandemic into their routines. Some ideas include placing posters in their rooms, making hand washing into a fun game, and letting them talk to their friends on the phone or online.
Whichever method you choose, consistency is your friend. If you know you can’t keep doing something, don’t start it. You want to keep your children informed about COVID-19 changes but don’t overwhelm yourself.
COVID-19 Changed How They Learn
Online learning can do in a pinch, but it doesn’t work for everyone. Some children have a hard time being outside the classroom during COVID-19. Apart from having the teacher right there, classroom schedules offer consistency. That doesn’t just mean the lessons either.
So, if you’re homeschooling your children, make sure to mimic this consistency. Look for fun things they can do while on break. Depending on your children’s ages, they might enjoy virtual tours of interesting places.
COVID-19 Changed Their Environment
This part depends on how your life was set up before COVID-19. Your children might have spent time with family members or a sitter daily. They would have enjoyed this consistency. They might tell you they miss them or get sad at the time they’d usually see them. In that case, you have to add your own consistency.
Make sure you set activities during that time. If you can play the same games, then go for it. Don’t forget about getting their family members on the phone either. It’s even better if your children can see them on a video call.
To help children cope with this COVID-19 pandemic, consistency is important. Whatever you’re doing, make sure everyone else in the home is doing it too. That means making a plan that works for everyone.