Ways to develop your kid’s social skills amid lockdown


Topic of Content

  1. Introduction
  2. Tips to improve your kid’s social skills
  3. WILL THEY RECOVER FROM THE STIGMA AND ANXIETY?

Introduction

Beyond getting sick, children are traumatized by the pandemic. From delayed speech and language skills to deteriorating social development, this pandemic is taking a toll on your kid’s holistic development. Closure of kindergartens during lockdown has significantly changed the lives of pre-school kids, their parents, and their teachers. In this blog, we will discuss the impact of these changes on the mental and physical well-being of children in this developmental stage. Kids are now annoyed and frustrated as they have been indoors for 2 years in a row. Constrained access to public places has limited the interaction of kids with their peers. They express their psychological distress by being confused, frustrated, and anxious because they are confined to their homes all time.

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Tips to improve your kid’s social skills:

Children are not getting the same social exposure they used to get in schools and they are battling with isolation, uncertainty, and a stressful environment at home. Here are some tips you can follow to help your kid with dealing with stress:

  • Talk, listen, and encourage expression. Speak calmly and firmly if your kid misbehaves or undertakes any risky behavior or throws tantrums more than usual. Try to talk to them and understand their reasons. Ensure their needs are taken care of. Reassure them that you understand their unprocessed fears. Parents can interact constructively with their children, stay positive, manage stress, and support their children by occupying their time with meaningful and healthy activities.
  •  Try to encourage and involve your kids in fun learning activities. This will help them channelize their energy in some productive activities. Try  Sparklebox e-learning kit that can help to engage your child to learn new things in a fun way.
  • Establish and maintain a daily schedule for kids. This provides them a sense of self-control and responsibility. The daily routine lets the children know what to expect from a given day.
  • Limit the screen time. Long sitting hours in front of the zoom app to attend classes, much of the school activities, leisure/social activities, as well as time with friends and family, have transitioned online during the Covid-19 crisis. has taken a toll on your child. Kids are spending a lot more time online which makes them prone to many health risks and dangers. Parents need to set the time limit for kids to use gadgets and digital media. Continuous engagement with the media is not advisable. Try to engage your kids in physical activities.

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  • Help your child build resilience skills which will help them to build a positive outlook to deal with difficult situations and create a positive impact on their behavioral and  social development.
  • Dedicate time for play. Playtime is a valuable way to maintain a sense of normalcy for your kids as well as to promote emotional well-being. If possible, spend some time outdoors by playing in the backyard or taking a walk around the block. Be mindful, however, of keeping a healthy distance from others.

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  • Engage them in exercise. Do  low to moderate workouts together. Also try meditation.

 

WILL THEY RECOVER FROM THE STIGMA AND ANXIETY?

 Most of us are worried about our child’s health and development. Once life opens up again and life returns to normal, it is likely that schools will introduce programs to provide counseling to kids to rectify social anxiety. Children are resilient so we are hopeful that they will come back to their normal self if nurtured with proper care and diligent attention. All of us as a society can work to ensure the health and wellbeing of our kids by giving responsive caregiving.

It’s a stressful time for everyone here, but in the midst of it, children’s development doesn’t hit the pause button. They continue to learn and grow. So we must focus on their holistic development which is only possible if parents ensure that they have taken all the necessary measures discussed above.

 

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