By Constance Ndeleko
We are all living in distress of what next? How can we leave with social distancing? How and where will we get our essentials from when we come to lock down? Which we are not praying for. But the key question is what about our children?
This pandemic has brought in a scare that needs our undivided attention, communal responsibility and effort to protecting ourselves from contacting the virus. This global epidemic has brought us in questioning and doubting ourselves if we are taking the right measures to keep safe, are our children’s lives going to stop because we have to socially distance ourselves?
What happens for the rest of the days until we can overcome this disastrous virus? How about their schooling? How about not keeping Jack a duly boy? How about their normalcy? How about parenting while ensuring that our children are not left behind neither are they losing too much from lack of social engagements?
It is quiet worrisome to see children dilly dully in the house especially when you’ve to ground them from excessive TV or video games. It can be pretty handful to have children run up and down for days especially when their normal program has been interrupted. Not at all in a bad way but many parents/ caregivers/ guardians are already asking themselves, what will we do with these children?
Fear not; This is a time you can socially engage and bond with your child and learn more about them, it is a time you can enhance and sharpen their intellectual ability through the online space where they can visit different learning programs to expand their knowledge from platforms like EDU TV, Kenya Cloud and Kenya Broadcasting Channel (KBC) that are giving educational programs live to learner and publishers such as Longhorn that is offering free E-Learning materials for Grade 1 to Form Four via https://t.co/D9HDJnpeAK .
Children could engage in practical and creative features where they don’t necessarily need to go outside but they can work with each other at the comfort of their homes to build up their skills.
You see, it’s a bit weird and difficult to distance ourselves from one another but then social distancing doesn’t mean we cut ties with the rest of our social circles it only means staying meters away from other people and avoiding unnecessary contacts that can enhance the spread of the virus.
However, this change of event can have a negative impact on children, thus there’s a clear need for us to:
Invite children to ask questions about the issue and listen to what they know; if they don’t know about it then enlighten them and take note of their age while disclosing.
Explain the situation in a child friendly way to avoid panic and distress.
Teach them how to protect themselves and their peers.
Reassure them from believing they are in imminent danger and give them hope.
Confirm with them if they are experiencing or spreading stigma to avoid mental illness.
Teach them the importance of helping one another during these unprecedented times.Provide talks and close conversations with care and promise to listen when they want to talk.
These are unprecedented times and it is a call to all parents to take into considerations on the type of activities their children engage in with others on play-dates. It is not a call to a total shut down but rather one that can promote self-care where taking care of yourself means taking care of everyone around you.
It is of importance to note the health of your child and take caution of colds and flu for early diagnosis.
Playing outdoor is an excellent idea especially while observing social distancing and encouraging possibilities of biking, hiking where sports equipment’s are not shared. This reduces stress and allows busking and exercising.
- YOU MUST WASH YOUR HAND WITH SOAP OR USE A TISSUE WHEN SNEEZING
- AVOIDING TOUCHING YOUR FACE OR SURFACES
- MAINTAIN A SAFE SOCIAL DISTANCE AND REMEMBER TO SANITIZE YOUR HANDS.