Can’t go to work? Schools closed? Worried about money? It is normal to feel stressed and overwhelmed due to the sudden changes in our lives. Instead of focusing on the bad, use this opportunity to strengthen and enhance our relationship with our children. Here are some parenting tips for you during this COVID-19 outbreak.
Tip #1: Spend some quality time together
Staying at home does not mean there will be ample of free time. Some parents are still working from home. Some may be busy cooking or doing household chores. However busy you are, set aside at least 20 minutes of quality time for your children. Quality time means that you’re there with them 100% without any distractions. Read a book together, sing, dance, play games, help them with their homework. You will realize how easy it is to please a child.
Tip #2: Keep it positive
Children can’t stay quiet all the time – simply because it is not in their nature to do so. There is no point in just saying “Stop doing that” or “Stop fighting”. If you want them to listen, tell them in a positive manner and praise them when they do it right.
Tip #3: Structure up
Everyone has to have a routine in life. Without it, life would seem aimless. Make a daily schedule and do include exercise as well.
Tip #4: Dealing with bad behavior
WHO recommends 3 steps to deal with bad behavior. Firstly, catch it early, redirect or distract. If that does not work, take a 10-second pause and breathe in and out slowly 5 times before responding calmly. Lastly, give your child a choice to follow and the consequences if they don’t.
Dr. JoAnn Rajah is a child specialist that provides pediatric care to baby and children in Selangor and KL. Her core strength lies in diagnosing early signs of child health issues and guiding parents on how to manage them.