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Episode 9: Parenting During Coronavirus Lockdown

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Hi, this is Fitness Radio Episode 9 and you are back with Priya Dogra. Since the last time I spoke to you about Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the world has suddenly become a very scary place. We as parents are getting really worried about what to do and what not to do with so much information about COVID-19 on the internet and on the newspapers.

It is good that for the safety children are being restricted to homes. But they are really getting bored indoors and it’s our responsibility to figure out how to keep them busy and help them not to feel stressed out because of the limit on socializing.

What we can do?

First of all, we all need to stay calm and as positive as we can. Second, we need to clean our houses thoroughly. Teach your kids to maintain a good hygiene level. Take all the precautions that are asked by the experts to combat this serious disease. Be responsible enough to talk with your kids about COVID-19 and its effects on the society and overall economy. Tell them how the virus is spreading so fast all over the world. Give them every update about the disease to make them understand the seriousness of the illness. Tell them that we can combat it if we are together.

Staying at home with kids is fun, and you have to discover that fun by making some tweaks in your routine. I try to finish my work as early as I can so that I can spend some fun time with my kids. You could also do the same because then you have enough time to play with them and communicate with them.  I don’t even remember when the last time I played indoor games with my kids, but this is an opportunity to relive that old fun time again. Make a list of old classic movies which your children have not seen but you wanted them to see them, to tell how amazing your childhood was. Make sure they get a quick nap in the afternoon so that they could feel fresh.

Tell them how much as a parent you love them. Take them to their friends and relatives to recharge. Tell them that we are in this battle together, and this is not the end of the world we will get through this.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How to keep your children safe.
  • How to teach them how to maintain a good hygiene level
  • Don’t let them break their morning routine
  • Don’t let them use smartphones and gadgets for long hours
  • Communicate with them as much as you can
  • Discuss COVID-19 and its effect on society and on the overall economy
  • Take them out to their friends and relatives
  • Don’t just lock them indoors
  • Participate in indoor fun activities with them
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