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It is highly doubtful that anyone expected 2020 to turn out the way it has. But ever since COVID- 19 has entered our lives, we are forced to reassess everything. These include holiday plans, lifestyle choices and even our parenting style.

Many parents are now beginning to worry about the effect that social distancing and quarantine may have on their child’s social development. For younger children the effects may not be as long lasting, as they could outgrow it and forget about it quickly, but for older children, peers and classmates are an integral part of their life.

Younger children may begin to love having their parents around 24/7, and form an even stronger attachment, while older children who are in the process of figuring out who they are and what they like, often need their friendships to help them develop and grow.

Instead of overthinking about this, try looking at this lockdown as an opportunity to reconnect as a family.

Give a few of the below ideas a try, and let us know how you get on:

  1. Set up a weekly cooking theme that the whole family can be a part of. It could be Mexican food night, Italian Pasta and Pizza or even a Baking Challenge! This way everyone has an event to look forward to.
  2. Try setting up video calls for your children with their friends. Simply leave the laptop in the living room at eye level with one of your child’s friends on the other end. You will see them interact in ways that you probably didn’t think possible. It doesn’t matter the age of the child, as each one will find their own way of new social interactions.
  3. Have a weekly game night. Each week one member of the family chooses what to play.
  4. Keep in touch with friends and families by doing online quizzes – you could have some questions that everyone in the family can do no matter their age.
  5. Let the older kids have some time for themselves, while they miss their peers, they may also feel some stress by constantly being surrounded by family.
  6. Maybe schedule an online exercise class with your child’s friends or help them set up mini challenges. Then, let them show it off to each other and talk about their experience.

Try some of these things and see if there is a change in your children’s behaviour and mood. If you find some ways that are your personal favourite hacks – share them with us!

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Getting dinner on the table each day can be a huge challenge for a lot of parents. Kids eat dinner early, which means you don’t have time to play around in the kitchen. They can also be makes it difficult to serve food the whole family can enjoy.

 

Kids love to have some control over what they eat – they like the feeling of some power over their own lives. Including them while making a shopping list or simply asking for suggestions could make a big difference.

 

Children have a developing palette, they may hate a certain taste but may develop a liking for it in the future – Introducing kids to new flavours and cuisines can be extremely helpful.

 

There are many ways that children of different ages can get involved in the process of cooking or even just helping out in the kitchen. Check out our easy tips for different aged children to involve them in your kitchen chores: (note: each step should be done with adult supervision)

 

  • Little kids of age 2 years and above will happily help add and stir the ingredients for you, just make sure it is supervised so nothing raw goes in their mouth!
  • Let them wash fruits and vegetables for cooking or eating. They can even break broccoli off the stems or tear up lettuce. Take it a step further and teach them about food safety and cleanliness.
  • Teach them how to crack an egg and then whisk it up for you – but always remember to teach them to wash their hands afterwards!
  • Most kids will happily squeeze a lemon, so get them involved in this process when you need to make a sauce or a marinade. You never know it might turn into a lemonade making competition!
  • During the whole process, let the kids do a taste test – who doesn’t remember growing up and licking the bowl or the spoon during a cooking session with their mum and dad. Ask them if they think it tastes good or if it needs something extra!
  • Make it fun by asking your kids to cut shapes using cookie cutters – they can help assemble the dish into a picture. It could be anything from a clown face to a dinosaur! Experiment and try making a funny face by using broccoli as hair! Or take it a step further and help children learn about various shapes them food!
  • Why not try letting them plan their own meal and theme? Maybe it is related to something they are learning about at school? They may come up with an amazing dish by using their taste and creativity. Using bread, fruits or raw vegetables would be ideal for a project like this.
  • You can always use cooking as a chance for educating them – whether its math or science. Older children often enjoy the measuring aspect of baking.
  • Got a child at home over 10 years old? They can do almost ANYTHING. Help get them excited about cooking by giving them their own apron or plastic knife. You never know they could grow into the next Michelin Chef!

Whatever you decide to whip up with your kids in the kitchen, just remember to make it fun! Cooking teaches a variety of life skills, including healthy eating habits, time management and allows kids to spend quality time at home.

Its about spending time together and creating memories, and that “food-time” is family time.  

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It is without a doubt that COVID 19 has thrown most of us off track (even those of us who consider ourselves tough!)

Being thrown off track could range from: struggling to get on with the day due to no proper planning, to having to be a good parent and/or a good employee.

The changes in our life are now endless – The only constant being that we are all in it together. This outlook fits perfectly for online learning. Schools across the region have stepped up to the new challenge of online distance learning and from what we hear, they have adapted various ways to make the process as comfortable as possible for both parents and kids.

Some schools may not be doing as well, which in turn causes added frustration for parents, as sometimes, online learning might take some getting used to for both parents and kids.

While many schools have taken measures to ensure the continuity of academics, online learning has some challenges, like maintaining discipline, loss of social interaction between children, active engagement in academics and many more.

This global pandemic has impacted many lives. Parents are having to find ways to keep their children busy, academically responsible and also entertain them. How are you dealing with this?

We will soon be sharing our list of top learning resources, keep an eye out for that! In the meantime:

  1. Try making a schedule for your child so that they can get used to their new remote learning experience.
  2. Set up a space in your home which is just for remote learning, so that children can distinguish between this learning area and the rest of the house. They will slowly learn that in this area they are required to focus as if they were in a classroom.
  3. Remember to take some time out which include some playtime or just a relaxing snack. Incorporate some downtime where kids can have fun and are not constantly under the pressure of getting through assigned tasks.
  4. Follow their lead: If your child shows particular interest in one area of learning or a specific topic, then try and nurture that and go with the flow.
  5. Don’t forget to let the kids know that they are doing a good job! Maybe a small treat to look forward to at the end of each week?


Lastly, try to keep POSITIVE. This too shall pass, and you we will all come out of this period with valuable lessons!

 

 

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Please attribute to Dr Sarah Rasmi, Family Psychologist and Parenting Expert at Play:Date



Many expatriate families do not have access to the same level of social support that they would have in their home countries. As a result, many new parents begin to feel socially isolated and withdrawn when they have children. This loneliness is particularly pronounced if they do not have friends with children of the same ages or interests.ss


Dr. Sarah Rasmi, Family Psychologist and Parenting Expert at social application Play:Date, recommends organizing children’s playdates to overcome these issues.


  • Children get the opportunity to meet and connect, which can facilitate their cognitive and social development
  • Parents can connect with other parents, giving them the opportunity to swap stories and share concerns, which can be very comforting and beneficial
  • Over time, play dates can turn into social support networks. Establishing a community has a number of personal and professional benefits.

It is important to remember that social relationships are a necessity, not a luxury. Building long lasting friendships are good for both our physical and psychological health. For example, people with strong social
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