For older children (4 years to 6 years)
As they grow older, children should be able to express themselves better. Hence, a way to keep them stimulated is to get them to think about how things run at home, for example, how the light turns on with just a switch. Parents can and should also constantly check in with their child to ensure that they understand the current situation and involve them in creating a routine that will provide some semblance of normalcy. Encouraging them to share their feelings or rationale behind doing certain things will help them to express themselves better.
It would not be surprising as well to know that parents have set up schedules for playtime activities, chores and routines for their children to follow. However, parents should also consider this as a perfect opportunity to turn the focus to core family values. Come up with a list of values that suits the family’s needs, and are applicable to everyone in the family, regardless of age. Discuss the list as a family and ensure that the children respond with an example so that they understand what it means. Here are some examples:
Beating the stay home blues
Younger children may experience emotional distress as they spend more time at home and away from crowds. This change in their lives can be overwhelming due to the limited coping skills that they have.
As children process information over time, they may have a better understanding of the situation after a week or two. Parents should communicate regularly about the current happenings and ask how the child is feeling, even if it seems repetitive.
Therefore, the most important thing would be for parents to consciously try to model a sense of emotional well-being and calmness, even where they are stressed or anxious. As opposed to words, children are more attuned to the actions and body language of the people around them and will pick up cues if their parents are in distress.