The increase in coronavirus cases brought social life restrictions with it. It is really important to stay at home in this process and not to go out unless it is necessary. We don’t know when the virus will end, but we can spend these days in a pleasant and efficient way. Psychologist Dilara Sayar gave advice that would beautify the times in the home during the corona days. Children are small individuals who learn life from their parents and adults around them. Parents are the most reliable source for them, every behavior they do is undoubtedly true, every emotion they feel is undoubtedly true. Therefore, where face-to-face education is interrupted in schools and lessons continue through distance education, children are at home and with their families for much longer than usual. It is very valuable to make this process controlled, pleasant and efficient.
What can be done with your family at home during the quarantine period?
Preparing daily / weekly schedule, planning what to do is the first step that will be good for both you and your child. This step provides training in another aspect, whereas you will teach time management to your child with a permanent training method by means of living. As parents, you can stay alone with yourself and list the things you forgot, postponed, couldn’t do or neglected in your daily routine in relation to yourself, hour home, your family, your children, and your loved ones… Divide everything you write on your list into days and start realizing them as soon as possible. Do not forget to delete everything you have done from the list with pleasure.
Get hobbies: Let each individual in the family choose a topic they want to learn or a hobby they want to get. You can get to know a new language and learn to play a new instrument. I recommend you to determine a field where you can use hand skills such as painting, mandala, origami, amigurumi, calligraphy, phylography, and follow an education you want to take online. I am sure that as you think you will discover many things for which you said: “I wish I could do it or I wish I had time to learn it.”
Follow up online events: Many museums, orchestral performances and culture-art events continue their works online. You can be informed by following these events on the website or social media. You can set an event for each day. Set an alarm on your phone and join that event from your home with your family. Then chat about the event, share your comments with each other.
It is sports time at home: Sport was in your life, or it was an activity you postponed like many other things. It is a good opportunity to bring the exercise into your home. You can invest in your physical fitness with many experts and videos that you can access over the internet. You can also make this a pleasant time frame that you can do with your family. In a common hour to be determined in the morning, everyone can wear their sports clothes and be ready for daily exercise.
It is time to read books: Reading a book is a habit that parents consider necessary for their children, but often neglect for themselves. It is a great start to have a reading time at a common time that will be determined by the family on these days which we have to spend at home. All you have to do is take a book off the shelf that you can read with pleasure. Let your child hear your sentence “Our book reading time is starting.” İnstead of your sentence “Read books now !”. This activity shouldn’t be a necessity, it should turn into a pleasant habit that you share with your family.
Organize the toys: As you’re at home, you have enough time to reduce and regulate the heaps of toys that today’s kids have. It would be nice to arrange his toys, then his room according to his needs and tastes, taking his ideas, respecting his decisions and giving the right directions. I always say ‘too many toys, little creativity’. This arrangement can bring new creative ideas to your child’s mind.
Give children responsibility: Give children domestic responsibilities. The process of gaining responsibility awareness starts at home. We know from the researches that children who acquire this achievement in the family are individuals who act more consciously and responsibly in their educational and professional lives in the future. Responsibilities that can be assigned could be to collect toys for 2-3 year old children, to help set up table for 4-5 year old children, to collect bed for 6-7 year old children, to dust, water plants, and to prepare food for 8-9 year old children.
The hard days we live are of course temporary. Let’s take our precautions, continue to stay at home, let life fit in our home. Let’s plan what we can do and start realizing it. Let’s take care of both our body and our mind. Let’s not lose our hope. Let’s turn our home into a triangle of happiness.