Message from a pediatrician to all parents who have loving children to take care

Apr 03, 2020

You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your kids.  You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports.  You’ll limit technology until everything is done!  But here’s the thing...

Our kids are just as scared as we are right now.  Our kids not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety.  They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.

Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behavior issues with your kids. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally - it will happen.  You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behavior in the coming weeks.  This is normal and expected under these circumstances.

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What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved.  To feel like it’s all going to be ok.  And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love on your kids a bit more. Bake cookies and paint pictures.  Play board games and watch movies.  Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo.  Start a book and read together as a family.  Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.

Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they all will be ok.  When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are.  Teachers are experts at this!  Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do math.  Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule.  Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.

If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills.  And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those weeks is long gone.  So keep that in mind, every single day.Stay Safe..Keep Smiling..Be Healthy..

About our guest author-

Dr. C Suman Kumar

Dr C. Suman Kumar consultant Pediatrician and Intensivist has worked in one of the Premiere Tertiary Care Centers in India, he is also National Instructor for PALS course (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) in India, he has worked also as DNB Teacher and Coordinator for Lotus Children's Hospital.he is well known for his clinical and communication skills. He is also Director of Siddhartha Public School - Hyderabad. He believes in keeping pediatric practice simple and effective. His Interest lies in Pediatric Pulmonology and Pediatric Allergy after his Fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy at CMC Vellore. He started Allergy and Asthma Clinics at Boduppal. His hobbies are reading books and listening to soft music. his passion is his work and teaching.

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