Covid-19, which has lasted throughout 2020 as well, has changed the way we do everything. Now is the time to reflect on what to teach your children so that they are in a better position to survive such unprecedented challenges in the future.
This time around, when the lockdown hit us, our kids and we were not prepared to deal with such extended lockdown – and everything that came with it. At first, it seemed like a blessing, but as things prolonged, it became a cumbersome burden that we were not ready to face.
We don’t know what the future has in store for us, but living in a rapidly-changing world, you should teach your children skills that will equip them with an arsenal to survive these changing times.
There are no hard and fast rules that can be fool-proof or act as a safeguard against such events. However, there are things that Coronavirus and quarantine has taught us. Let us use that learning and help ourselves and our kids to be better prepared for such troubling times (if they ever come again).
Skills to teach your children
How to explore nature
Nature has got countless hidden gems, ready to be explored. Even if you can’t go to a natural reserve or sanctuary, go with your child in your backyard or a nearby garden. Teach them how to be curious and explore the wonders of nature.
To pause and reflect
Our lives have become digital, and our attention spans have become quite small. We crave visual experiences that can stimulate our senses. In such a fast-paced world, it is best to help your child understand how to pause and reflect on minute details. Teach them how to pay attention to details and learn from experience.
To express their emotions positively
We have become accustomed to veiling our emotions behind masks of nicety, anger, depression, and silence. It is imperative to teach your children the value of talking and discussing their emotions (positive and negative) in a positive way.
To deal with their boredom
The minute we turn off screens, our children start complaining of boredom. Teach them that boredom is not necessarily a bad thing. Learn to befriend boredom and invent fun activities for kids.
To help around the house
You don’t have to run around doing all the chores, fulfilling responsibilities, keeping them entertained and fed and be a parent who provides for every need of their kids. Teach them to be engaged in household activities and help with little chores to learn some responsibility.
The art of patience and persistence
These key skills will help them throughout every stage of their lives. Give them small challenges and help them learn the art of navigating through failures and hurdles through patience and persistence.
To be grateful for what they have
Lockdown has taken away a lot of liberties from us. Instead of moaning about the things they miss, teach your children how to be appreciative of the blessing they still have.