Parenting in a Pandemic: A chance to build strong relationships

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The lockdown period can be seen as an opportunity to build a stronger relationship with your family, especially your children.
The lockdown period can be seen as an opportunity to build a stronger relationship with your family, especially your children.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to school closures, social distancing, quarantines and lockdowns around the world.

These measures have also had a great impact on family routines, and the changes and uncertainty may be leaving both parents and children feeling more anxious. 

Additionally, children may also be feeling bored, or unmotivated. 

However, this unprecedented lockdown period can also be seen as an opportunity to build a stronger relationship with within families. 

If you're looking for advice, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has provided a helpful tips that could help you build a stronger relationship with your children.

Set time apart for each child

Even if you're working from home, or especially if you're still working in an essential service, take time to be with your children.

Even 10 minutes of focused time has value to a child. 

It can be the same time every day or perhaps every second day, but find what works for you. 

Ask your child what they want to do

The WHO states that by giving the child the opportunity to choose you help build their confidence. 

This time together will also give you the chance to teach them more about social distancing, quarantine and lockdown should they question the regulations. 

Talk to your child about the pandemic

This time can also be used to inform your child about the Covid-19 pandemic, and try to be honest with them about what's happening, in an age-appropriate way. 

It is important to listen to your child's concerns, and to be supportive. Remember, it's okay to not always have the answer.  

Things to do with your baby/toddler

All children are unique but there are universal activities most of them enjoy, such as singing and making music.

You can improvise by using a pot and a wooden spoon as an instrument.

Learn a cute catchy tune here: Use this catchy tune to help put your children at ease during lockdown

Read or make up stories, and show them pictures to stimulate their visual development while bonding over a book. 

Things to do with your young child

Besides reading, you can draw and paint pictures, make music and dance.

If need be, and you are able, assist them with their school work. 

It is also important to involve them in chores as it'll help them learn about responsibility, but this can be fun and a bonding activity if done together with a smile. 

Things to do with your teenager

This is a good time to get to know your teen even better, by talking to them about their interest like sports, music, celebrities etc.

You can cook their favourite meal with them, exercise together or learn something from them about their world. 

Find more tips for teens from local psychologist here: How to survive lockdown with teen boys, by a local psychologist

The most important thing is to be fully present when you spend time with you kids, and to fully listen to them. 

Give them your full attention, and remember to have fun.

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