Your spouse is engaged in an office conference call in another room. Your first grader is trying to figure out why he can’t see his other friends in a class video call and wails out to you, while your toddler has bumped into a tower of bricks and is screaming for your attention. You’ve also just realised you’re out of bread and milk for breakfast. All this while it’s still the first half of the day when you’re likely to have a lot of important incoming messages and email from work, one of which could be your boss asking for an update. What do you do first?
Among all the daily craziness and coping withthe new norm, there have been some positive points to glean from all of this. Here are some from my perspective with my 7-year old son and 3-year old daughter.
1. MORE PRECIOUS MOMENTS TO CHERISH
It is a rare occasion that both can share the same toy.
My wife and I work long hours and often (pre-Covid-19), we only return home after the kids are asleep or just in time to catch them before bedtime. This means little bonding time on weekdays, while weekends are punctuated with extracurricular classes. Now that we’re with them every part of the day, there’s far more bonding time, experiencing their learning journeys and just being there for them.
I can’t count how many new words I’m hearing from my toddler who’s trying to get out of the baby talk phase. Not to mention, capture many interesting moments of joy and achievements by both my kids – be it at play or home-based learning (HBL). Of course, it’s not all rosy since not five minutes go by without me or my wife needing to check up on them or intervene in the neverending list of sibling wars.
2. GETTING CREATIVE
A simple act of rearranging their play area can make it a whole new experience for kids.
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