Parenting During Pandemic

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Fear, uncertainty, and being holed up at home more to slow the spread of COVID-19 ​can make it tough for families to keep a sense of calm. But it’s important to help children feel safe, keep healthy routines, manage their emotions and behavior and build resilience.

As a parent, our core worries all revolve around our children, but we can’t forget our own mental health.

Home schooling has not been easy in last 8 months, we all now have a hang of it, and most kids also have learned the technical part, but the challenges are not restricted unfortunately to schooling. What kids who are home all day without friends supposed to do? How to keep them busy? How to cut down on screen time? How to still remain sane at the end of each day! Are some of the pivotal questions every parent has been struggling with.

During the pandemic, it is more important than ever to maintain bedtime and other routines. They create a sense of order to the day that offers reassurance in a very uncertain time. All children, including teens, benefit from routines that are predictable yet flexible enough to meet individual needs.

Structure the day. With the usual routines thrown off, establish new daily schedules. Break up schoolwork when possible. Older children and teens can help with schedules, but they should follow a general order, such as:

Wake-up routines, getting dressed, breakfast and some active play in the morning, followed by quiet play and snack to transition into schoolwork.

Lunch, chores, exercise, some online social time with friends, and then homework in the afternoon.

Family time & reading ​before bed.

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Let them talk to friends on extended zoom calls. Just like in our childhood we used to spend our afternoon playing in the street with friends, this generation spends afternoons playing online games with their friends, as long as you know which game and with whom they are playing, its completely alright, atleast they are getting some social connections, only time and mode of playing has changed, not their childhood.


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