As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its hold on the world, it can be difficult for younger people to cope with the stark lifestyle change and the long period of staying within the confines of home. This can take its toll on their wellness and development if left unchecked. But thankfully, there are ways to help them adjust to the new normal and still feel a semblance of regularity during uncertain times.
From young and bubbly kids to teens starting to come into their own, it’s a crucial time to be learning and stimulating their minds even when everything seems to be at a standstill. A safe recourse for this is to look for courses and programs on the web.
There are online schools from senior high school to college readily available and still accepting applicants. You don’t need to give up your kids’ curriculum to keep them safe from infection and harm. It’s essential to keep this a solid part of their daily lifestyle, and you can afford them some more flexibility in the comfort of their own home. With different classes and curriculums available, different grade levels can still be kept on track.
Social isolation can create a lot of negative effects, especially for younger people who tend to need these interactions and feel cabin fever. The best way to alleviate this is to allow them access to platforms that let them socialize from a distance.
By simply monitoring what access they have, you can ensure that they are also safe online while ensuring that they can talk to friends and collaborate with others. They can even play games to get their mind off of things and stave off a feeling of being alone in this situation.
Recent survey results have shown that Generation Z youth are the loneliest generation, with around 79% feeling loneliness in some form. Without social interaction through tech now, this feeling can become even more heightened during the quarantine.
Since you’ll be stuck together for a while with time to spend together, it’s best to use this time and encourage a positive environment. Doing this can ease the burden and make it feel a little bit less like everyone is just “stuck.”
Having fun activities to do like board games, watching movies, or talking about other topics that aren’t heavy can help your family bond and even allow your kids to feel more comfortable opening up to you. This can be an all-around stress buster to boot, no matter the age of your kids. Psychologists also note that this can directly impact how well your kids progress (both in developmental and puberty stages) in their behavior, socialization, and educational performance.
By doing all these things, you can create a routine that can keep your child’s day aligned and help them thrive despite the significant issue that surrounds everyone now. With this, you can keep them going and help them better reintegrate when things start again outside.