Children during the age of 2-7 years are fast learners, Here are 5 parenting tactics that will come in handy in 2021 as hybrid learning model will rule.
It is a known fact that children during the age of 2-7 years are fast learners, their ability to form complex ideas, deconstruct them, get accustomed to the new ideas happens at a much-accelerated phase when compared to an average adult. Raising these agile beings right in times of a pandemic can be a daunting task.
With limited distractions to keep them occupied and minimal avenues to invest their energy into; the need to get creative for their parents is something inevitable.
To make times with these kids a bit breezier as the hybrid learning model continues to become an essential part of our lifestyles, here are 5 parenting tactics that will make way for stronger parent-child relationships.
1. Reflect, step up and plan
As parents, it is very important for both partners to reflect upon their actions and interactions with the children. Kids idolize their moms and dads, and now with limited outing options, the time they are spending at home has increased invariably.
While the pandemic has brought with itself unprecedented challenges and has put everybody on a tight schedule to manage work and home under the same roof.
You must realize it is the first time for the kids too to see the professional side of their parents; they are likely to learn and question your behaviour, your manner of interaction with colleagues etc.
Therefore, it is better to plan your schedule and tasks beforehand to avoid misunderstanding or display any aggressive action and words, which is definitely not advisable for kids.
2. Engage them in social learning opportunities
Social learning opportunities are only helpful when you engage with other parents who are going through the same phase, teachers can also support you to plan these activities. It can be over a zoom group call or just within your own home.
Something as simple as puzzle-solving, discussion on their favourite person, food or hobby can be the first few activities, to begin with.
Anything that helps you build your child’s knowledge apart from their academics and give you an insight into their thought perception will let you get closer to your child.
3. Family time is a must
It is very important for these young ones to understand the value of family as a structure. They must be comfortable and open with their extended family such as grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles etc, even if it is via virtual mode.
This opens their understanding of belongingness and a sense of maintaining relationships. Fun game nights, karaoke night or dance sessions can be arranged over zoom sessions, to initiate bonding while playing.
4. Patience will go a long way
The times are tough for everybody; it is the first time for your kids to see you in multiple roles of an office professional, home-maker, parent, teacher and so much more. Patience is an important virtue that will go a long way for both children and parents.
Imbibing the young ones with the virtue of patience can be a healthy step for their overall social and mental growth. More so, it will also bring more sensibility to their overall demeanour.
5. Make time for reading
Daily reading time with your children can be established as a long-term good habit, give you extra time with them. It helps them build critical thinking skills, while the kind of reading can be fiction, non-fiction or simply a news article.
The effort must be to let them have an open dialogue with you, get answers to their curiosity from the right source such as their parents. Workbooks and vocabulary books can also be a great addition to daily reading times.