The first thing that parents ever thought of when the pandemic struck early last year, was their children. Understandably so, because parents want the best for their children and would do whatever they can to keep them safe and provide for all theirs needs. With the COVID-19, life as we know it became full of uncertainties, but somehow, humanity is adapting and recovering. From face masks to face shields, physical distancing and now vaccines; we’ve come a long way but we still have a long way to go. For now, this is our “new normal”.
Yet even as we try to shield our children from the health risks posed by the corona virus, there are different aspects in their life that are affected, including their physical, mental, emotional, social and even spiritual health. These used to be addressed in traditional face-to-face class, that aims for their overall or holistic growth. As they are confined indoors, they create a new routine where they are mostly idle in front of the tv, computer or laptop and gadgets.
In their formative years, parents have to be attentive to them and make sure that they redirect their energy to more productive and educational activities. They have to work closely with teachers, especially about the studies of the students, so that they can make the most of the new normal.
This isn’t necessarily just about our current predicament, but also for them to be able to adjust even as the world continues to change around them.
Parents, teachers, guardians and other family members all play a very important role in the growth and development of children. They have to work together to guide them and give support especially during these trying times. Children will grow to be healthy, well-rounded individuals despite the challenges they may face. Let us ensure that there will be more positive impact for children and give them a brighter future.