HOW TO RAISE HAPPY KIDS DURING A PANDEMIC?
As a mother of two boys, I have had my fair share of the journey called parenthood. But of course, I was never ready to parent in a pandemic. In spite of all the ubiquitous advice for raising happy kids, there have still been happy days and not so happy ones. From going through times of struggle to eat a meal in peace while trying to cope with a nagging baby crawling around my feet, to trying to balance that potato peeler in my right hand while balancing the baby on my left.
Now that my kids are 5 and 11, I have better time for self-care alongside spending my time with kids 24*7 even during this aweful pandemic. You don’t have to be perfect. Just keep moving. If you can improve your ratio of good to bad moments during a pandemic, you can manage anything life throws you.
These are instances every mother goes through; yet, she keeps bounding with endless energy as days flow into one another.
Over the years and after two kids I have somewhat mastered this art of bringing up my children and ensuring they go to bed every single night in a happy state of mind.
10+ ways for raising happy kids even during a pandemic
1. Invest your time
No matter how rich the parents are, the child needs your time more than he needs your money. What better time than now, to spend more time with kids?
Children are at their happiest best when they have their parents around them.
Happy kids are usually those who have parents that give their kids a lot of their time above anything else.
An engaged parent not only gives his whole being while bringing up a kid but also teaches him many invaluable lessons of life in the process of upbringing.
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2. Interactive play
In this time of staying inside, engage them and teach them through interactive sessions of learning via play.
For example, while teaching them about vegetables, it is only wise to also bring out real vegetables for them to touch and feel.
I tried this method today afternoon with my 3-year-old, wherein I matched up real vegetables with that of his picture book.
He developed an instant affinity for learning and sat with me through the entire session happily, without getting bored.
3. The Sun
Give them a daily walk in the sun while adhering to social distancing norms. Vitamin D is essential for bone development, it strengthens muscles and improves immunity, thus ensuring overall wellness.
It also keeps the child alert and accelerates growth.
They are happier and merrier.
Whenever I take my sons out for a walk in the sun, it improves their mood and gives them a wholesome appetite along with giving them a good night’s rest of undisturbed sleep.
4. Bear hugs
An instant mood booster. This works almost every-time with my kids.
Give them a comforting hug when they fall behind, a hug when they achieve, a hug when they finish a task on time, a hug when they are at their happiest selves and more.
It’s better to focus on effort and the action your baby is doing. ‘You worked hard on that’ versus ‘you’re so good at that,’ ” says Stanford psychology Professor Carol S. Dweck.”
This is one of the most important pillars of parenting. Patient and enduring parents always bring up happy kids. While a cranky and impatient parent will transfer the same attribute to his kid.
Remember, kids, are almost always in a cheerful picnic mood. So don’t expect them to consider your not-so-good-mood before they decide to blow off the house with their balloons.
6. Feed them to good health
It is important that they are fed a balanced diet because of a healthy body in a healthy mind = happy kids. Food preference of a child is often the result of a mother’s premonition about a certain eatable.
For example, a child on its own might not stay away from pumpkin had his mother not assumed that her child might not like pumpkin.
A human body needs a balanced diet and nature has provided with a diversity of choice for a reason.
7. Maintain set hours
Having a proper clock in place for their sleep, wake up and food times goes a long way in ensuring their wellness. Kids get cranky due to 3 main reasons:
- They are hungry.
- Tired with not enough sleep.
- They are plagued with some sort of physical discomfort.
While we may have limited control over the third, the other two can be managed pretty well. Watch your efforts bear fruit as they grow up to be healthy robust individuals.
8. Keep Them Engaged With Out Of The Box Ideas
While kids enjoy playing. They enjoy discover and play even more.
Kids are naturally drawn to elements which look intriguing to them.
Keep a box of objects of different shapes and structures. Things that allow them room to discover and learn.
Decorate their room and play area in warm, happy colors of red, yellow or orange. Happy colors beget happy moods.
10. Install a swing
Bring some of the elements of the great outdoors indoors for your child.
Install a swing for them to enjoy on the patio or their room.
Fill up the area around with some air purifying plants and you are set.
Even a small area can be converted into the swing area.
All you need is a hook on the ceiling for the swing ropes to pass through.
Give them real thing to care for.
Pets are a great option when it comes to installing a sense of responsibility in kids.
Most kids are naturally drawn to animals and the animals, in turn, teach them some essential life skills.
12.Limit their TV time
TV, iPhone, iPads. Time killers of today.
Regulate these demons in a more structured scientific way so that we raise them as empowered adults.
To raise happy kids is definitely not a task, to begin with. It is a whole process of nurture and care. Little minds need that incredible well of patience to bloom into well-adjusted individuals who can tackle life head-on.
What are your suggestions for raising happy kids during a pandemic? Leave your comments in the comments box below, so that we can all learn from each other.
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