3 Life Lessons To Teach Kids From The Lockdown
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The world has come to a stand still thanks or no thanks to the Covid 19 pandemic. With the lockdown extended further and no concrete news on when things will go back to how they were, instead of stressing over increased household work coupled with office work , it’s time we take charge of the situation and make the best out of it .All said and done this is also the perfect time to spend some quality time with your family and kids and a great time to teach your kids these 3 important life lessons which will be with them throughout their lives.
- Understand the value of everything- “When you take things for granted, the things you were granted get taken “, I read this quote some years back at the back of a book and it has stayed with me forever. These are extraordinary times that we live in today, but this lockdown has taught all of us to never take anything, no matter how small for granted. Be it going out at our own free will or eating at our favorite restaurant or ordering from online shopping platforms all has come to a rude halt. It is important that kids learn that life can still go on without these things, yet each thing comes at a price and nothing should be taken for granted ever. While you have everything enjoy it but always respect and value the privileges you have been granted.
- Count your blessings -Kids are not able to meet their friends and neither are they able to go out and play as usual, this has made them slightly on the edge and they have been cribbing to no end. It is important that we teach them that we are lucky enough to be in the comfort of our homes with our families. By God’s grace we have enough food and basic essentials to last us till the lockdown is over. Many outside our homes are not so fortunate. Some don’t have enough to eat or a place to sleep and others such as doctors and police have to go out every day and risk their lives, to save others. Children must learn that happiness can be found in the smallest of things and that we are lucky to be blessed. Things could have been much worse than what they are now.
- Get Independent – This lockdown has taught us that we can survive without domestic help. Be it cleaning the house or cooking all of us are managing it somehow. Back in the day when things were normal, the news of the maid taking leave for more than a day would send shivers down our spine. We learnt our lesson and we learnt it the hard way. It is important that children understand from an early age that it is good to have help but it is equally important to know household chores and do them regularly. Girls and boys alike should be taught to help around the house at an early age, to imbibe this habit. If children are made independent at an early age, they will thank us later when we are not around them 24*7 to spoon feed them.
This is a hard and stressful time for all of us, especially as parents managing the house and office work coupled with looking after children is a herculean task, but as the famous saying goes “This too shall pass”. This is not the time to crib and feel listless, we all must rise to the occasion, think positive and take good care of ourselves. We are our children’s role models, how we deal with testing times is going to become their learning forever. So, think positive, say positive things, stay home and stay safe!
Parul is a working mom of a 2 year old boy. She is passionate about baking and blogging!
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