Tips on Parenting During Lockdown
Tips on Parenting During Lockdown With the lockdown, the entire school and the education system have come at home. Isn’t it a fantastic thing, all the kids are at home but is it really good, are there any concerns.
As counselors we are getting to know a lot of things from many parents; their concerns and anxieties. In this episode, Ms. Swati Salunkhe speaks on certain Tips on Parenting During Lockdown.
To start with accepting the reality that the school or education has come home or it is going to be online. So, what do we have to do?
To start with stick to the schedule. Let it be a scheduled timetable. Be it getting up in the morning or having breakfast; the little things that we used to do before going to work or as well as school. But when it comes to kids be it of any age, be it a child who is in junior KG or middle school, high school, or somebody who is pursuing a degree. The best and the most important thing is starting a schedule and sticking to it. Go by the timetable it really helps.
So once the schedule is fixed, next is creating a learning environment. The spaces are different, there are family members and yes there is work from home too especially for parents who are working from home. So, what are we supposed to do? The best is having less distraction, especially at the table or the place where the child is sitting. No mobile phones, toys, or storybooks around or no loud music going on.
Even if the child is studying in the kitchen it is fine but try to make even that little place clutter-free. It does not mean you need to have a separate room or something different for the child. Wherever the child is studying see to it that there should be less distraction or fewer things around so that the child is focusing on the studies.
You also need to watch out for what online education is doing. Sometimes a little bit of peeping is all fine, but a caution to the parents please don’t be sitting around with the child continuously. With our kids growing around there is a natural tendency for getting into different screens or maybe chatting or even playing online games; over there you need to speak to the child openly.
Make the child or even the teenager understand the hard effects of getting into this kind of habit. Do not justify any actions. Many parents tell us that “He or She was getting bored, what can we do we need to give them some space.” While we do understand it a child should not cross any lines. A little bit of peeping around is fine but not continuously. Ensure the child is doing the homework regularly.
Do not make it a point or do not even speak about it saying “Oh we don’t know when school is going to start.” or “We don’t know whether there are going to be college exams, so why are you studying now?” or it’s ok if you do it later.” That’s a strict no to all the parents in the sense Daily/Regular studies are a must. The school might be for two hours or three hours or maybe coaching/tutoring or online class etc. A child needs to get back to textbooks.
The traditional way of learning is also important. Do not give up on reading and writing, the most important aspect. A lot of kids do say “Oh it is going to be MCQs” But that’s fine for certain subjects. However, the child needs to understand that reading and writing are a must.
Last but not least, ensure that your child is taking good breaks. Breaks do not mean taking breaks in between the school timings. In between the breaks ensure that the child is doing some kind of physical activity be just working around the house having a sandwich or preparing something at home. If not just walking in and around the house that is also fine.
What we need to understand is these days will get over the emotional and physical aspects or if there is no positivity in it the child will suffer in the long run. So, ensure that the child exercises, it could be any form of exercise it could be walking, cycling, it could be just meditation; the best form or doing some form of yoga asanas, which really helps.
But if not, physical activity is a must, and most importantly there is no need for the child to play online games, even if the child is bored it is completely okay. Let them understand it is part and parcel of life. We cannot overdo a lot of things because this is a temporary phase; just remember this.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Tips on Parenting During Lockdown
1. How can I effectively manage my children’s routines during the lockdown?
Establish a daily schedule that includes time for learning, physical activity, creative activities, meals, and rest. Consistency helps children feel secure and engaged.
2. What are some strategies to keep my children engaged and learning at home?
Incorporate educational activities like reading, online courses, educational games, and creative projects that align with your child’s interests and age.
3. How can I manage screen time for my children while they’re at home all day?
Set clear guidelines for screen time, balancing it with physical activities, hobbies, and family interactions. Encourage them to use screens for learning and productive activities.
4. What can I do to help my children stay socially connected during the lockdown?
Encourage virtual playdates, video calls with family and friends, and collaborative online projects to maintain their social connections and combat feelings of isolation.
5. How can I handle my child’s stress or anxiety related to the lockdown situation?
Create a calm and open environment for discussion. Listen to their concerns, provide age-appropriate information, and teach relaxation techniques like deep breathing or mindfulness.
6. What strategies can I use to balance my own work responsibilities with parenting during lockdown?
Set clear boundaries between work and family time, create a dedicated workspace, involve your children in age-appropriate activities during breaks, and communicate your schedule with your employer.
7. Are there creative indoor activities that can keep children entertained during lockdown?
Yes, activities like arts and crafts projects, cooking together, building indoor forts, puzzles, and indoor scavenger hunts can keep children engaged and entertained.
8. How can I encourage healthy eating habits for my children while at home?
Involve your children in meal planning and preparation. Offer a variety of nutritious options and limit access to unhealthy snacks. Use this time to teach them about balanced diets.
9. What role does physical activity play in parenting during lockdown?
Physical activity is crucial for children’s well-being. Encourage indoor exercises, dance parties, yoga sessions, or fun fitness challenges to keep them active.
10. How can I explain the lockdown situation to my children in an age-appropriate way?
Be honest and use simple language that matches your child’s age and understanding. Emphasize the importance of staying safe and following health guidelines.
11. Are there ways to make learning at home more interactive and engaging?
Yes, use hands-on activities, educational apps, virtual museum tours, and science experiments that make learning a fun and interactive experience.
12. How can I handle conflicts or sibling rivalry that may arise due to spending more time together?
Encourage open communication, teach conflict resolution skills, designate individual spaces, and involve siblings in collaborative activities to foster positive relationships.
13. What can I do to help my children develop a sense of routine and structure during the lockdown?
Create a visual schedule, involve them in planning the day, and establish consistent meal and bedtime routines to provide a sense of stability.
14. How can I address the challenges of limited outdoor play during the lockdown?
Find creative ways to bring outdoor elements indoors, such as setting up a small garden, creating sensory bins, or allowing safe and supervised outdoor play within your premises.
15. What resources are available to support parenting during lockdown?
Online parenting communities, educational websites, parenting blogs, and webinars offer valuable insights, tips, and advice on navigating parenting challenges during lockdown.
Remember that every family is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to parenting during lockdown. Be patient, and adaptable, and prioritize open communication with your children to create a nurturing and enriching environment at home.