Kanika: Wow, we are starting to resume normal life — Kids will soon be out of school, long days, warm nights are here along with traveling, bike riding and reading but there are also nerves, questions and unknowns. How are you thinking about carrying forward some of the experiences and learnings from covid as we return to “normal”?
Stephanie: Yes, alongside all the excitement there are so many questions and unknowns and still so much to process from the past year.
- The Role of Mom: Less in the job of “mom”, more in the relationship of the child. Less about drive time means more quality time.
- Make room for kids to take agency
- Creating a schedule offers some structure while also giving kids agency to decide how they’ll spend their time
- It’s also important to make sure your kids feel like they’re part of the team by contributing with certain chores around the house. This also gives them some structure and a sense of accomplishment.
- Hold onto the “silver linings” of the last year
- Rose, thorn, bud at dinner — sharing the highs and the lows helps kids understand that life is full of ups and downs. They feel confident and more resilient.
- Increased family time
- Decreased social calendar — In the past our weekends would be packed with 2-3 commitments/day, which would lead to a lot of rushing, not much enjoying
- Option 1: 1 commitment / day
- Option 2: Sunday funday
- Re-engage slowly
- Depending on the age of your child, they might not remember certain places or people, so re-engage slowly
- Be careful not to overly stimulate — Cut outings and social gatherings in half or start with a beach day or a hike.