Dr. Paramjit Kaur

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Dealing with Lock down: Family style

Dear Parents and Students,

Lock-down : Children are home from school and it is not a vacation. At first, being on lock-down they might have just felt like enjoying a long weekend, watching Netflix, lying on the sofa, reading books and eating as never before. But then they must have realized that it’s not an arbitrary decision but an imposition, with no chance to see their friends, no chance to go to a restaurant or enjoy a museum or concert. From parents' perspective, it is quite challenging and overwhelming to keep children happy, learning and entertained. While my heart goes out to them, I also believe that it’s time to learn deeper lifelong lessons, going beyond the surface i.e. value of personal safety measures, cruciality of speedy measures and importance of 'All working as one'. It is also a time to reschedule life to avoid probable boredom.

Here are some tips on how to cope up during lockdown both for parents and children.

    For Parents:

  • Set Expectations for children and let them stick to a routine. Don’t let them wake up and go to bed late.
  • Set Expectations for children and let them stick to a routine. Don’t let them wake up and go to bed late.
  • Engage them in yoga and other physical activities to keep them active. Try new methods of relaxation such as deep breathing, mindfulness and meditation.
  • Provide them healthy nutritious meals to boost their immune system. Cook and bake together. Involve your children in daily household chores and tailor the tasks to their age level.
  • Teach them to do laundry and add in some educational element such as measuring the laundry detergent and separating clothes into various colours.
  • Make your children more independent individuals. A must - know life skill is sewing on a button, so get hold of any spare buttons and thread.
  • Teach your children to make daily positive affirmations and repeat them during the day.
  • Don't let them spend much time on Social Media, Facebook or chatting on WhatsApp. Choose any book of their interest, read aloud and discuss.
  • Encourage them to use key vocabulary in the text or write a short summary.
  • Create exercise for bonding self-care and doing fun stuff such as looking up for fruits and vegetables which are good for healthy hair growth and skin.
  • Ask them to create puppet characters by using anything from brown paper bags to socks and then put on a show. Let them raid your cupboard, get dressed up and plan the theatrical performance for the family to watch.
  • Card games are a great way to keep them entertained while also teaching them valuable skills. Watch their favourite movies along with them. Introduce them to your favourite books, some classic songs.
  • Play music, dance, laugh a lot and don’t take yourselves too seriously. Consider your own well-being too and organise some 'me time' for yourself .
Congratulate yourself on having a mega time with them. Remember you are the expert when it comes to your children.

    For Students:

  • Don't panic: It is essential to remain calm and separate rumours from reality. Start your day with positive outlook.
  • Create a schedule for your day that replicates school time table with breaks.
  • Continue learning as your teachers are regularly posting homework, assignments and videos. Submit your assignments to teachers and check the feedback given by them.
  • Engage in hobbies and focussed activities you enjoy. Do karaoke. Play chess. Solve puzzles.
  • Explore your crafty side and spark your inspiration. Do knitting, cross stitching, calligraphy, book binding, jewellery making, origami, fruit carving which can help you stay creative.
  • Deep clean your home or room. Try to get rid of notes, school projects that you won't need any more so that you can have fresh start for next session.
  • Learn gardening skills and feel the texture of soil, seeds, flowers and petals. Use your garden for fresh air and exercise.
  • Bird feeding is another immersive activity you can keep a bird feeder outside your home and connect yourself with nature.
  • Stay informed and follow advice given by your parents, media and local health authorities on how to protect yourself and others from Covid-19.
  • Keep a gratitude journal and jot down three things you are grateful for every day.
  • And last but not the least, everyday pray to God for few moments for corona virus free global community.

"Hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of life" with these words, I pen down with a hope that you will turn lockdown into family fun.

After All,
Everything is not locked down!!!!
Sunrise is not locked down,
Kindness is not locked down
Hope is not locked down
So Cherish what you have.

Locked down is an opportunity to do what you always wanted to do.

So make the most of this enforced down time and create happy and unforgettable memories!!!!

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