How To Help Children Bounce Back After The Pandemic?

So how can parents identify the first signs of negative impact or developmental issues caused by Coronavirus?

Identify:

Communicate with your child, and spend time with them. Kids might not always communicate clearly, but as parents and teachers, we need to understand what they’re trying to say.

Understand:

Take the time to understand their needs, and why they’re feeling that way, and support the child. Adults have the same emotions as children do, we just have different ways to cope with them. Kids, on the other hand, may have very limited avenues to express their emotions.

Evaluate:

Notice the child’s behavior and keep an eye out for any out-of-the-ordinary patterns. If you notice any changes, write them down and notice if they get triggered, increase, or reduce in certain situations.

How to help children cope with pandemic-related stress

As parents, you may want to completely protect kids from the effects of the pandemic, physical, mental, and emotional. But that is not always possible. There are, however, certain strategies we could implement to support the children’s mental health in dealing with the stresses of this situation. We’re here to help you help your children bounce back from the stress which has developed as a result of the pandemic.

Check Your Expectations vs. Reality:

In an ideal situation, any parent would want their child to be stress-free at the earliest. The reality, however, is a little bit different. It is very important to set realistic expectations for the child’s development. Many children might not completely be back to normal till the current crisis has passed or even later.

Practicing Empathy:

Validating your child’s emotions with clarity can make the difference in how they deal with the situation. Give them the space to communicate their needs and feelings while not rushing to solve their problems or brush them away. What might not be important to us as adults could mean the world to a child.

Keep their curiosity alive:

A major portion of a child’s early development is based on their curiosity to explore. Being quarantined at home is likely to put limitations on their experience with the world and limit their exposure. Make use of tools & products to help your child stay in touch with the rest of the world in a learning manner.

Stay patient:

When it comes to kids, patience is the key. Every child has their own pace and they tend to figure out things by themselves in their own time. Support your child in their growth and don’t rush their process by setting unrealistic expectations.

Conclusion

We need to recognize that children’s behavioral issues may be a normal reaction to an abnormal event. How we deal with the root cause of the behavior is what matters. This will help young children develop endurance. It is important to identify the child’s needs and support them while reassuring them that such crises are a part of life. Children are resilient in coping with changes, but they are also more susceptible to being impacted. Patience and a positive attitude can do wonders in helping your child bounce back from the Coronavirus pandemic.

About Ginny’s Planet:

Ginny’s Planet is a social enterprise Co-founded by Dr. Shweta Verma in 2019. The brand runs on the core value of helping our teachers and parents to teach their children to become independent, smart, and better leaders by equipping them with a deep understanding of empathy, diversity, disability, and inclusion. Dr. Shweta and the team design events, workshops, and products to help guardians & schools to develop kids’ mindsets and evolve as adaptive and flexible human beings. They work with schools to organize workshops for children and teachers.

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