Taking Care Of Kids During Pandemic - Not A Child's Play
“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.”
Shouted my little one popping out her head forcefully from the balcony grill, with me asking her to get inside the house. The generation which is a part of the toddlers COVID-19 has now become a curator for basic features of their childhood such as parks, outdoor games, play dates, birthday parties, the serendipity of the sandbox or the side-by-side flyby on adjacent swing sets. These pandemic times have been really tough for all of us, be it emotional or physical well-being of us and our near & dear ones.
They need patient listeners and playtime buddies
Talking about the most cared about members of our families, the children they are harsher. Especially for toddlers, who are brimming with energy and enthusiasm to connect with others, the present scenario of staying indoors with only immediate family members has become uncomfortable.
Their access to the outside world is temporarily blocked due to the risk of getting infected, with no clear hints as to how this illness affects the toddlers. This is the reason that people not letting their little ones even venture out in neighbourhood parks.
Moreover, with maids coming regularly to our homes, relatives visiting our place, playgroups, and playdates, not being there it is very difficult for them to cope up with this space of interaction and recreation. At this tender age between 1 to 3years of age, children are like blank slates, naïve and innocent, the situation and level of exposure given to them act as a major influence in shaping their personalities and lays the foundation for their behaviour.
We need open space too!!
The current scenario has led, children getting restricted to their homes with immediate family members alongside. Although Online classes and activity sessions are serving as breathers for their parents since keeping them engaged day long is quite a task.
They can be kept busy by getting them to learn some basics about language, behaviour with their family since this is a rare situation for kids when the whole family is together at home. This gives them a chance to be together with them and contribute to their mental and emotional growth.
Its’ my Family!!
Staying with their parents and grandparents, keeping them engaged by conducting playful activities, teaching them basic about learning concepts, getting familiar with nature will help them in harnessing their thinking capacities.
With the hope of getting this nightmare to end soon, let us value this time we have got to spend with our little ones and make it memorable and productive for us.
The Author is currently Subject Matter Expert-Part Time, freelance content Writer with Tech Startup, Community Magazine Editor and Full time Stay at Home Mom of three year old (not so docile) Princess. You may connect on Facebook and LinkedIn for further chit chat.
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