Children during the Covid-19 lockdown

 

This post is from very sound advice given from the Principal of a school in the UK.  I thought it well worth sharing some of her thoughts.

Please consider that during this lockdown, our children are just as scared as we are right now.  They not only hear everything going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off school for weeks sounds exciting, they aren’t prepared for the reality of being virtually trapped at home and not seeing their friends.

Over the coming weeks, you may see an increase in behaviour issues – whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protests that they can’t do normal things. This will happen. You will potentially see more meltdowns, tantrums and opposition behaviour. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.

What children need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it is all going to be okay. That might mean that you need to focus on giving them lots of love and attention. Don’t be too rigid about your home-schooling plan that sees them working diligently for part of the day.  It is very hard for you – especially if you have the added pressure of trying to work at home with the children there. Please try to get them outside for periods during the day – for playing with you or their siblings (remember no friends!), or going for walks with you. Bake biscuits and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips to zoos or museums on line. Create a fitness circuit in your garden. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.

Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single child is in the same boat and they will all be okay.  At the end of all of this, their mental health will be far more important than their academic skills. How they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during these weeks is gone. So keep that in mind, every single day.

 

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