Coping With Lockdowns & Quarantines

Lockdowns and Quarantines

One of the major changes to any child’s life since the MCO is NO SCHOOL. At least, no physically attending school. All school-going children and parents as well as teachers will agree that online lessons are not the same as going to school physically.

 

With the implementation of lockdowns and home quarantines, adults may experience varying emotions which may or may not include:

 

  • frustration, 
  • changes in overall mood (appetite, energy, and motivation),
  • difficulty in focus and attention
  • difficulty in sleeping

 

Children are no exception from experiencing any of these emotions. 

What do our children need?

1. Physical Needs: Physical exercise to burn up all that energy. 

2. Social/Emotional Needs: Children will be missing their classmates at school or grandparents and all the fun activities they used to have! 

3. Educational Needs: Children are missing out on preschool, school, extra classes and all that fun learning! 

4. Fun: Be it weekends or holidays, children would need fun, lots of them!

Importance of structure!

1. Physical Needs:

Try to structure “movement” activities in their daily activities; this can include jumping on a trampoline, rolling on gym mats or even bouncing on gym balls. Or try taking a walk around the park.

 

2. Social/Emotional Needs:

Children will be missing their friends and relatives! Scheduling regular online play dates or video calls will definitely help them have some interaction with everyone they miss! As for birthday parties, consider throwing a virtual one for your children so they can still enjoy the milestone even with the lockdown enforced. 

 

3. Educational Needs:

We encourage children to still attend their online classes and try their best to participate in the lessons.

 

4. Fun:

Consider some activities like drive-thru meals, drive-through ‘safaris’, Movie Nights, Saturday Sleepovers would be a great and exclusive addition to their regular daily routines, making them special and memorable!

 

When these activities are structured into their daily routine, it gives them some predictability and allows for their energy to be released consistently. Remember it is important to always ensure to communicate to your children on upcoming activities, These communications can be done through the use of social stories and visual schedules. 

Your Turn

  1. Discuss with your spouse what you both feel your children need – is it physical, social, educational or just the fun factor? There will certainly be other needs possibly not listed here, so please do go ahead and find alternative options for this!
  2. Double check that you are able to maintain a flexible daily routine with sufficient sleep times, healthy meals and also sufficient learning & play time. Identify which of the above strategies your child has yet to engage in.
  3. List down some changes you may want to make and try it right away at home.
References

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, July 22). Coping with stress. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html