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Bringing Up Kids in Corona Time

Kids in Corona Time

The world is going through an unprecedented, crisis time. COVID 19 has invaded and interrupted every aspect of our lives. Parenting is a challenge at all times, and is a especially so, in these troubled times. How do we get through these trying times as parents?

Talking to kids about COVID 19

Children who are very young, say, below 6 years old and not going to school, may not have heard about COVID 19, so it is best not to bring up the topic in their hearing. However, children who are older, and are affected by the crisis through school closure, would know about it either through news on television, social media or their friends. What is important is to adopt a very matter of fact demeanor in their presence, when talking about the problem. Tell them the facts, and also that if one keeps personal hygiene and follow health guidelines like social distancing, one should be safe. It is of paramount importance that the parents do not get anxious and panicky.

How to enforce protective measures?

Young or old, all kids should be taught to wash their hands for 20 seconds (or the time taken to sing ‘happy birthday’ song twice) before and after meals, after play, after they go to the bathroom, after they come in from outside and after they’ve blown their nose or put their hands in their mouth. Make sure they are drying them thoroughly. Hand sanitizers is the other option, if handwashing is not possible. Since school is closed, there is actually no need for kids to go out of the house, and it is best that they do not venture out for anything, be it a birthday party or a play date. They need to be inside the house.

How to engage kids at home during home isolation?

This is a big topic and one that all parents worry about. Children are by nature restless, and need to do something. They cannot stand boredom. If parents are also staying home, the best approach is to treat this as a special bonding holiday, in which your family spends as much time together as possible. Books are a very helpful ally in this time, and a lot of books for kids are available as well as animated stories online. Other ways to get kids engaged are printing out coloring pages and getting kids different types of coloring equipment such as color pencils, crayons, pastels and water colour. To avoid a mess, spread newspapers on the floor, and just dispose them off after the activity. Other things to do are cooking with kids, letting them do chores to earn half a dollar per day etc.

Build a routine

Children thrive on routines because it gives predictability and structure to their lives. Assign time for each of their activities. There should be a fixed wake up time, meal times, reading time, coloring time, bed time and time to do chores. This is a good time to establish family rituals, such as having meals together and each member of the family narrating a story or telling a joke. It is unwise for a parent to be spending all his/her time entertaining or engaging the child. The child should be able to amuse himself alone for some time, either with his toys, or reading. This gives parents much-needed time alone. For families blessed to have a house with a small compound, it will be great to spend evening time together outside, either playing games like basketball or badminton, or doing gardening.

Ensuring healthy indoor life

What suffers the most during an isolation period is often physical activity and nutritious food. Physical activity suffers because there is no more going to the playground or going on playdates. The only way to solve this problem is to have a family exercise or yoga time, when all members of the family will join in an exercise or yoga routine, perhaps following audio or video instructions.  Nutritious food also might become scare because there is only a limited amount of perishable food such as vegetables that families can buy and store in the refrigerator, which means that nonperishable food such as canned food may be preferred. This is not good news for health, and parents should try as much as possible to restock on fresh fruits and vegetables as much as they can.

A final word on screen time discipline

Both adults and children will be tempted to spend a lot of time on chats and Netflix movies. However, life is so much more than all this. Therefore, make sure that screen time is only part of the day’s activities, and the Wi-Fi is switched on and available only for a certain period of the day.

The Ultimate Bedroom Makeover Ideas for Your Baby

Baby Bedroom Makeover Ideas

Since we love our kids, we always want to give them our attention and make them feel good. It should be reflected in the type of bedroom you have for them. You need to know that beautiful design is not just enough when it comes to arranging your baby’s bedroom. The ideas we have shared below can help you give your baby the most comfortable bedroom that they will love.

1. Certain Things Should be Out of Their Reach

Babies are playful, and that is okay. However, there are things they should not get their hands on. It will help you keep your child’s bedroom neat and organized all the time. Mini cot bed, chairs, and tables might be used quite often if your baby can reach them easily. However, their clothes should be neatly kept in a locked closet so that they do not mess the room up. It is a crucial point if you don’t keep your child’s wears in a spare room. To keep them busy at home, visit Mokee and take a look at the wide range of items could get for them.

2. Paint Their Rooms Beautiful

Babies love colours that glow. Whether it is baby cot bed or beech wood cot, they love it when they glow. Since these things are mostly kept inside your child’s bedroom, at least try to give them a uniquely glowing colour. Try to paint some stars, moons, and even fish on the ceiling with colours that glow in the dark. On the edge of the room, you want to paint a cityscape. These simple things will bring back your child’s good nights. They will also be open the idea of turning off the lights at night, and that would be smart of you as a parent.

3. Try Some Wall Decals

Wall decals are not only cheap but provide you with an easy time changing the layout of your child’s room. They come in a wide range of patterns, and if you like, you can customize them. If you tell your kid that they are wall tattoos, they will enjoy painting them with beautiful colours and patterns. You will rest assured that they will paint their room in a way that you will not have to fix later. Let them design their own rooms into whatever they want.

4. Let Them Enjoy Collecting

Kids like collecting more than anything else. Now do something that would encourage them or rather make the work easier for them. If you have postcards and pictures, at least don’t have them stuck on the wall. If possible, have them hanging from strings in front of a window. You might as well clip them to a string along one of the walls so that you have an interactive border in the room.

5. Do Not Forget the Cot

Mokee cots are out there waiting for you. Remember your child needs to have a night of quality sleep, and these beds come in a beautiful design to support excellent sleep. These are quality beds that are highly durable and customized in a plethora of bright colours that your baby will like. You won’t even have to break the bank to secure them for your little angel. Depending on the size of your baby, you can check out their website and make a perfect selection.

Conclusion

Now that you have learned excellent ideas to redesign your child’s bedroom go ahead and use them. Your child needs to love being in the bedroom, and these ideas might help you attain the bottom line. Work alongside your loved one and find something that will work for them.

How To Raise A Book Lover With Our 5 Fun Tips!

Book Reading Tips

Authors, publishers and parents are all facing the same struggle:  getting children to read. It seems that as technology becomes more widespread, all their time is taken up with games and messaging services and the inclination to sit down with a book slips further away. Continue reading How To Raise A Book Lover With Our 5 Fun Tips!