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Due to the lockdown, most day-care centres, workplaces and schools are now closed. This has parents grappling with kids using technology at home, consuming media all day.
A few tips that can help make the most of the screen time for kids who are now nested at home:
Don’t just hand over the remote to the kids. Help them choose the right content that is educational, informative, and interesting enough for them to engage in for hours. There are various learning apps that can help them learn subjects, like Sesame Street, Bedtime Math and many others. Resources like Common Sense Media have plenty of content and activities related to healthy living, eating, and scientific fun facts. It helps to gauge your kids interest first and then choose the right media.
While they are engaged in the media, stay with your kids(as much as possible), guide them, help them understand and form connections. Kids would have plenty of questions and providing them timely answers with examples makes the whole exercise fruitful and strengthens your bond with them.
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A big part of treatment for children with anxiety is to teach parents stress tolerance.
A mental health professional can help you work through methods of stress management for your specific needs.
You might learn strategies in therapy that you can impart to your child when she is feeling anxious.
Try to maintain a calm, neutral demeanor in front of your child, even if you are still trying to manage your anxiety. Children are quick to read facial expressions.
If one adult in a child's life constantly shows up for them, they turn out better in:
Showing up for your child is easy to do. A child should be made to feel Safe, Seen, Soothed and Secure.
When we show up and give our children an opportunity to be seen, honestly and directly, then we act as a living mirror for them to see themselves.
While we reassure our kids telling them what they are feeling is not going to be a problem, and they shouldn't cry or worry, we are ignoring their feelings.
Acknowledging what they feel is as important as correcting their course.
Creating parent-teacher groups enables parents to share their opinion in regards to topics that concern directly their children, such as classroom activities, field trips, or homework.
Allowing parents to participate in their children's field trips can prove an inspired idea, as they often have great suggestions.
Moreover, getting their feedback both before and after the trip might lead to the improvement of such activities.
This kind of program often results in successful cooperation between parents and teachers, therefore ensuring that no feedback is lost.
Parent volunteers get in contact with other parents for topics related to their children and forward their opinions to teachers, enabling an efficient communication of everybody's thoughts and suggestions.