By Montana Fillingham
Lockdown has been a strange new world for everyone in the past few months, but people forget how hard it has been on our children. How can you explain something as serious and scary-sounding as COVID-19 without scaring your kids? We’re hoping that these five simple tips will make you less likely to pull your hair out during this second lockdown.
1. Keeping up a routine
Kids are used to a pretty regimented day during school time. Get up, get dressed, have breakfast, clean teeth and get to school. A key idea during lockdown is not to let this go out the window, by keeping up with a routine it can bring some order into the chaos of being at home. Whilst it doesn’t have to be as strict, by having set timings that the children know about, it can stop any nasty surprises for them as well as an upset. This has be proven to be a hugely successful idea for children with behavioural or learning difficulties.
2. Movement means less madness
Everyone knows that exercise releases endorphins, which in turn makes you happier. This is the same for children too. However, exercise doesn’t have to be boring. I introduce you to the godsend’s that are Joe Wicks and Cosmic Yoga. These two internet sensations are doing exercise sessions online to keep your kids on the move. Joe Wicks is great for children with tonnes of energy that needs burning, whilst cosmic yoga is best for those who need a more interactive story session.
3. Keeping concentration confined
If you are climbing the ever growing mountain that is home schooling, it can seem an impossible task to keep your child’s concentration up. A simple tip to maintain their motivation for work is to keep their learning confined to one room. This means that they associate one place with sitting down and working hard. If they end up studying in every room then they don’t have any separation from home and work, fun time and concentration time, this can lead to it being hard for them to settle down to work. Keep their concentration confined. This can also be a massive help for children with learning disabilities, the association makes it much easier to understand what you are asking them to do.
4. Sneaky Learning
Sometimes a great way of learning is when you don’t know you’re even doing it. A great way to stimulate your child’s mind is through constructive play. There is a massive amount of games you can buy but so much more you can create from home. Treasure hunts for garden beasts like worms and lady birds with a prize at the end is a way to interest them in biology. If they are stuck with a maths problem, take away the paper and do addition with tasty treats that they can eat after they get it right. Or even just asking them to describe words whilst on a walk, it all stimulates their brains just in different ways.
5. Conversation is key
It seems so silly and simple but talk to your kids, have a conversation at supper time. Children are very resilient to all kinds of situations. Ask them how they are coping, because if they aren’t then there are plenty of options to consider for support. But the biggest advice you can give is, enjoy the little things and this won’t last forever. Children feed off their parent’s energy so by keeping yourself happy and sane, you will do the same for your kids.
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