The novel coronavirus has steered the entire world into a new path. The present scenario around the world is of utmost tension and panic. The biggest question of the hour is how we can tread this dusty path and reach a clear destination. The WHO declared COVID 19 as a pandemic and it can be considered as a stress test for our generation. But, the real stress test comes with our kids being at home and dealing with their explosive energy and enthusiasm. This spells trouble, especially for working parents. Since companies have introduced work from home platforms, there comes a tremendous physical and mental strain for parents in prioritizing their kids’ and boss’ needs. Occasionally the kids become bosses and the bosses might become unreasonable kids! This is when we as 21st-century parents need to maintain calm, composure and resilience like a Buddhist monk.
Safety applies with equal force to the individual, to the family, to the employer, to the state, the nation and to international affairs. Safety, in its widest sense, concerns the happiness, contentment, and freedom of mankind.
– William M. Jeffers, former President, Union Pacific Railroad Co.
As parents, rather than falling prey to unwanted stress, we must try to bring about an order which can elevate the atmosphere of the household in a positive way. We should start thinking about creating an environment similar to the 90s, where family and being together mattered the most. Include your kids in your everyday chores so that they get a glimpse, of what is being done in the house on a daily basis, and they will start to appreciate everything you do for them. We could even assign them little tasks like cleaning, helping around the house, etc, which will also prove to be a learning experience for them. Make them feel that they are contributing to building a safe haven.
Try to create a structure in your home that you and your kids can realistically follow. Kids are more productive when they are under a structure and inside that space, you will get some time to complete your work. Try to be with your kids whenever they need you. You must understand the fact that they are more stressed than adults under these trying times, although they show it in a different manner. The structure you create is not a system but rather space where every activity has its own little corner. Just like how gadgets and media are able to grab the attention of children featuring a variety of activities, we should become the designers of multifaceted activity platform. There should be space for exploring their talents, familial bonding, little chores and duties, outdoor and indoor activities, media time, games and fun.
It’s time we dusted up our old board games, and fun stuff like “hide n seek” or even “Tag”, which both parents and kids enjoy together. In today’s digital age, we have all that we need to engage our dear ones at the tip of our fingers, search, to search for and find the most interesting activities and ideas to keep your kids engaged. Spend a few minutes to create innovative talent boxes for your kids to explore. Let them go through experiential learning which can bring about a positive change. Let’s shut out the pandemic and create our own little world of wonders, within the safe walls of our home.