The Covid-19 pandemichas sent the world on a different trajectory. With March 2020 a new story has begun to play in the lives of the millions of people around the world.
It has forced a profound effect on the minds of everyone, the grownups, the elderly and the children alike.
People are experiencing a state of loss. They are under immense stress. Regular business and income have taken a beating. People arelosing jobs and feel trapped in in their own homes.
The outbreak of the virus has specially affected children in a way whose effects can only be gauged in the long run. These children are, in the future, going to be equipped with an experience which none of us had in the last 100 years.
To begin with, the schools have come to a halt, which might have been a welcome initially, an extended holiday. But these holidays seem to be vacuum without the picnics, the travels, friends and fun.
Not being able to meet their friends, staying put at home, restricted activitieshave put a huge toll on mental wellness of the children.
Birthday parties are missed, vacation with the grandparents seem to be a far-off dream today and the outings have become our longings cursed with uncertainty till we are blessed with some vaccine. All these have made one to wonder and think of all the important things in life which seem to have been waiting with a vagueness.
The start of online classes began with the latest trend of technology taking over every waking moment of the child.
Otherwise restricted screen time now have become the most important aspect of the day.
The added pressure of catching up with the academic session have become of utmost importance. Everyone is trying to make up for the time they anticipated losing out on.
The social media has been flooded with a plethora of online classes sending everyone into another stressful zone.
The parents are under an unknown pressure, wondering if their child is lagging behind.
The grown-up children in their teensare being exposed to some of the tragic news telecasted on the TV which has a profound effect on the child. They are forced to think of the worst-case scenario where one might lose a loved one.
As mentioned by a working mother, her daughter has a very difficult time adjusting to her stepping out from the house when eventually the work has now resumed. She is constantly under stress and facesdifficulty whilesleeping as she is worried about both her parents being exposed to the virus at their place of work.
The onus is on the parents to understand and chalk out a way of dealing with the present situation and helping both their child and themselves out of this situation.
Having a positive approach and a healthy discussion at home would contribute to the overall well-being of the people around.
Though there are numerous tragic instances being highlighted on the television and the newspaper, it helps a good deal to talk about the human grit and compassion shown during these times.
If it is stressful to see thousands of people walking back long distances to their homes during the lockdown it is also heat warming to see men stepping out to help each other.
The relentless efforts put in by the doctors and the nurses are indeed worth all the accolades.
If it is scary to see the huge number of peopleaffected by the flu, the number of people beating it and recovering from it is indeed a positive sign.
If the online classes are taking up a huge part of the day the internet also keeps the families and friends connected.
The new found conversations on hygiene and safety measures, thought are the call of the day, it’s important to understand it with a correct attitude. It’s the duty of the parent to see to it so the child does not develop paranoia or an unrealistic attitude towards the illness.
A few points to be considered for a smooth sailing through these times are:
It’s no point stressing about getting everything right and perfect. It’s okay to take one’s own time to adjust to the current situation. It’s important to address the child’s thoughts and fears in a realistic manner so that they are confident of getting through this.
It is important for the child to understand that there might be a lot of unanswered questions at present and everyone around has their own thoughts but it shall pass soon.
Though it might seem difficult it becomes necessary to take control of one’s thoughts and emotions and not let the frustrations and struggles reflect onto the child. With peace at home we can better handle the outside world.
Being clear and honest and being present in a calm and reassuring stance adda a great geal to the emotional well-being of the child.
This time can be used to inculcate some of the habits which tend to take a backstage otherwise. One should learn to let go. “It’s OK” or “It’s alright to be as it is” can be the magic words in the present situation.
This time also calls for teaching children of hope, compassion and the ability to understand a situation which is beyond our control and one’s adaptability to such changes.
The responsibility is entirely on the family to understand the situation as it is, make the best out of it and sail through it without having any long-term negative impact on each other, especially the children.
Time and again situations around the world have proven that if there was no winter the spring would not be so pleasant.