Tips to Create a Positive Environment at Home
Dear Parents Starting school or starting a new school year can be stressful at the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. Our children have been impacted in multiple ways by COVID-19 and the closure of schools. It is critical that we are mindful of their emotional well-being as early experiences shape the architecture of the developing brain and lay the foundations of sound mental health. Experiences of insecurity, loss, and trauma are likely to have proliferated during the pandemic among the children. Disruptions to this developmental process can impair a child’s capacities for learning and can have lifelong implications. However, opportunities to address such adversity have not been available to most children. At SWS, we believe by improving children’s environments of relationships and experiences early in life, society can address many issues which if left unattended might lead to a broken world. It is our relentless endeavor to provide our children not just with a growth conducive environment but also to cater to their emotional needs. We understand, as parents, you always do your best to keep your child safe from all the pains of the world. You keep them protected and might feel that they don’t know much about the world. However, even at a young age, children are more aware of what is going on around them than most people realize. They know that people are sick and dying, and at this age, children are less able to process the fear, which leaves them at risk of getting stuck in fight-or-flight mode. When they are at school, they can see their friends on the playground and have other opportunities to get away, but at home, exposure to trauma — even if only through the television — may be inescapable. So, here are a few tips for you to ensure your child’s positive well being:
- You can make your child feel at ease by having an open conversation about what it is that’s worrying him/her and letting them know that it’s natural to feel anxious. Approach this conversation with empathy, saying that you know she is feeling anxious about coronavirus, but that it’s healthy to talk about our worries and emotions.
- It’s important to be calm and proactive in your conversations with children – check in with them to see how they are doing. Their emotions will change regularly and you need to show them that’s okay.
- Children may also get upset or frustrated if they are finding it hard to wear masks, especially when running or playing. You can reassure your children that lots of adults are working hard to help keep your family safe, but emphasize that it’s important we all follow the recommended measures to take care of more vulnerable members of our community.
- Whether at school or at home, caregivers can engage children in creative activities, such as playing and drawing, to help them express and communicate any negative feelings they may be experiencing in a safe and supportive environment. This helps children find positive ways to express difficult feelings such as anger, fear, or sadness.
- As children often take their emotional cues from the key adults in their lives – including parents and teachers – it is important that adults manage their own emotions well and remain calm, listen to children’s concerns, speak kindly and reassure them.
- It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. This is also a tremendous opportunity for adults to model for children problem-solving, flexibility, and compassion.
We recognize that parents are also going through a tough time and are adversely impacted by the pandemic. Dealing with work pressure, personal emotions, stress, and then taking care of the children and the household during such a time of crisis, can be overwhelming. Hence, we have expanded our support beyond the virtual classroom and have brought a counselor, Ms. Shriya Miglani
on board, who would assist you in finding ways and means to keep the emotional well-being of your child and family in check. You may contact her from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Mon-Fri)
for any queries and issues that your child may be experiencing. Let’s work together to create a brighter future for our children at SKYworld School