Parenting during the novel Coronavirus pandemic is a new twist from the norm. The good news we have for you is that there is no need to worry about how your little ones will be nurtured. During the pandemic, our kids need us more than ever. We have gathered a resource to help through this challenging period in improving your parenting during COVID 19.
- Attend to Fears In Your Children
Your child depends on you as a parent to address their emotional and physical safety. You are required to respond to their questions concerning the pandemic with honesty. By recognizing their feelings, they will understand why safety rules like frequent hand washing, social distance, and staying at home are important. Reassure your children that all shall be well soon.
- Have a Consistent Daily Routine
As a parent, you need to help your kids by making a structured schedule that outlines activities and allocates free time for their physical exercise. This creates a reassurance in such uncertain times since young children benefit from routines that are flexible and predictable. Schedule wake-up, lunch, chores, and time to connect with friends online.
- Manage Discipline
We appreciate that this pandemic has brought more anxiety and worry to every parent. Young children are more likely to vent out their anger inappropriately since they may not have the right expressions to their feelings. Older ones may show defiance and deviance for missing out on time they usually spend with their friends.
Parents can find alternative disciplinary measures like;
- Redirecting ill Conduct: Find an alternative activity for your children. Sometimes, their behavior is a consequence of boredom.
- Reinforcement: Utilize privileges and rewards to reinforce good conduct and apprehend deviance by denying these incentives.
- Apply time-outs: You can warn the child that if they continue misbehaving they will be deprived of some privileges. The parent should do this with rationale and apply very little emotion.
- Spend Quality time Together
The first thing is to isolate and allocate some time with each of your children interrogating what they would want to do. Be part of their daily routine such as playing with them, helping them do tasks, assigning them roles to play, or accompanying them for a walk.
- Evolve and Be adaptable
As a parent, adopt parenting styles that are flexible and mindful of your child’s developmental stage. You should be sensitive to consider how a child’s behavior is affected by his or her age. Find new ways of handling your child every time you notice them not comfortable with what you are used to. Moreover, know that their health and wellbeing affect their response to a task.
So, be considerate and adjust to the child’s need.