In these unfamiliar times of COVID-19, we understand that you may be spending more time at home with your precious little ones. We know how busy being a parent is; and adjusting to the changes brought about by the COVID19 virus is forcing adjustments for families on many fronts.
For the majority of children and families, there has been a necessary adjustment to what has always been your ‘normal busy’ and trying to find a new work/life balance in general. We understand that children are busy, inquisitive, active and fast, and they keep us on our toes! So it is important to remember that we don’t always have to keep a tight schedule. Staying calm and slowing down can prevail.
is a concept we always practise in our Early Childhood setting, it really works! The World Health Organisation
also advises on using this time of confinement for some positive one-on-one time to support healthy parenting. For some useful infographics and additional resources, visit COVID-19 Advice for the Public: Healthy Parenting.
The calmer we are, the calmer the children are, the longer they play and concentrate. We are regularly asked by our families ‘How do you do it?’ Trust us, it does not come easy, especially when your mind is busy. We love what we do but it really takes some patience and persistence.
Slowing Down & Be in the Moment Tips
Start with our minds
– When you are playing with your child, focus on what you are doing with them and be in the moment. Take deep breaths, move slowly and enjoy the one-on-one time you are spending with each child.
Review your routine
– Day to day routine has a lot of learning opportunities! Making beds, folding clothes, floor mopping & setting up the table before each meal, just to name a few. It is common for us to overlook the value in these opportunities, but these are where we learn our Lifelong skills!
Use different types of music for different parts of the day
– Playing nature/piano music in the background can help set the tone for a relaxing play time. You can also use different types of music for different parts of the day, such as relaxing reading time, pack away songs for pack away own toys time, fast upbeat music for dance and exercises. But be careful not to over-do it or it may become noise and children will stop responding.
Organise to have uninterrupted one-on-one time
– Organise the environment and household tasks so you can pause and fully engage with your child each day. Shortened activities and games due to interruptions could make children feel unaccomplished hence they may want more support or attention. By completing an activity with them, you can then encourage them to give it a go themselves or teach their siblings.
Enjoy your precious one-on-one time with your child and take every moment as an opportunity to share learning together.
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