If you’re reading this, congratulations! You have survived lockdown with your children. The opportunity to learn about yourself as a caretaker has probably showed you things about your children that you may have not realized otherwise.
Parenting small children is no easy feat. The first few years of life require enormous amounts of diligent care. A bright side—this age group thrives within a regimented schedule. Finding your rhythm here, reduces the amount of stress you both may feel overall and provides comfort.
Navigating worry with elementary school aged children poses similar difficulties. Patience is truly a virtue while trying to keep them educated virtually. Home school has proved troublesome for younger minds that are easily distracted in a non-academic environment. The adventurous nature of growing curiosity has probably wreaked havoc on every part of your home.
Idle hands are prime for mischief and providing solid blocks of entertainment all day long isn’t something all of us can muster. You may have been tempted to park butts in front of glowing screens and that’s okay. There isn’t a parent on earth right now that would give you a second glance for handing a child a remote or phone just to get a few seconds of peace.
That’s exactly what older kids are looking to, to stave off the blues from being torn away from the freedoms of adolescence. In between Tik Tok videos and snickering at chores, you may actually catch a smile behind boredom primed attitudes.
A silver lining is sure to rear its head in between never ending trips to the grocery store. Even though the dismantled economy sent parents straight to the unemployment line, it put a giant stop sign on everyone’s life. As a collective, our schedules operate to the hour, every hour and by the end of it all, exhaustion sets in. The pandemic has allowed for parents to reconnect with their children on levels they didn’t realized they were missing.
The ability to follow along with teachers during zoom lessons and helping with schoolwork can provide insight into what your child actually knows and how they learn. Parents have always been less integrated in the actual act of learning. There is no real tangible way to monitor each aspect of a child’s experience without being there, until now. A hands on approach at home can be the difference that many kids need to find their rhythm to be more successful in the future.
In addition to schooling, this time allows you to be clued in on your child’s mental health. Children who were already struggling are probably showing signs and having trouble adjusting to the new normal. Self harm has increased among children in recent years and identifying warning signs can literally be the difference between life and death.
Coexisting under dire circumstances also means adjusting to live without. Teaching children about the value of money in these situations is something they can carry into their own lives as adults. There is value in struggle that can change us for the better.
These trying times challenged you in ways you didn’t know you had strength for. Keeping a house hold together under normal circumstances is difficult and the ability to do it now is a testament to your parental aptitude. The pandemic turned lives upside down but offered chances to establish stronger familial bonds. Looking back on this period in your life will garner appreciation to have been present and helpful in the lives of your children.