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5 (Easy) Practices To Help You Become A Better Parent During The Pandemic

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Parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic can be frustrating and stressful if you have no plan. Here are a few things you can do to get things under control.


None of us could have predicted just how much our lives would’ve changed when the COVID-19 pandemic rolled around. Along with other tasks, parenting became a much more difficult job, and quite a bit more stressful, too.


For one, us parents had to deal with so much uncertainty and fear surrounding the virus – we constantly had to ask questions like: “how contagious is it?”, or “how do we prevent our loved ones from getting it?” 


And then we also had to explain the situation problem to our kids, which was probably not an easy task for most – especially if we consider that a pandemic isn’t exactly something that many of us have ever experienced.


Also, we had to deal with the sudden interruptions to our schedule. With schools getting cancelled and our kids being separated from our friends, most of us suddenly had to face the tough act of balancing our work and other chores while also tending to the needs of our kids and babies stuck at home.


Still, even though it’s been more than a year since COVID-19 first appeared, the task of parenting during a pandemic still hasn’t gotten any easier for most of us. 


And adding to all of it is the fact that there still might be a long way to go until life returns to something normal, or something close to it. 


To help you out with the challenge of pandemic parenting, here’s a list of five things you can easily do to make your job easier and make life a bit better for everyone at home.

1. Be honest with your kids.


By now, many of us should have already gotten used to the idea of being stuck at home and practicing social distancing, but not all of us have managed to explain what is really going on to our kids stuck at home.

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Be honest with your kids about the situation at home, it’ll help them adapt better. 

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If you haven’t done so already, it’s probably a good idea to have an honest talk with your children (providing that they’re old enough) and explain to them exactly what is happening and why things are the way they are.



Most parents might be tempted to hide some information from their kids for fear that it’s too scary or complicated, but you should try your best to be as honest as you can with your little ones and always present yourself as willing to answer their questions or address their emotions whenever needed.



If you think the pandemic is hard as a parent, you can imagine that it’ll be just as tough for your kids who are missing out on valuable childhood experiences due to the circumstances.


2. Set routines and timetables.


This one should be common sense, but the best way to gain a sense of normalcy while pandemic parenting is to set up routines that everyone at home can easily follow.


Start by setting proper bedtimes for your kids, as this will help keep them adjusted to daily life at home. Then you can move on to planning your own schedule around the needs of your work and your child’s school schedule.

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Since your child needs to balance learning with other activities, don’t forget to also include things like games, chores, and even video calls with their friends if you can manage it.


Also, always prepare backup plans for important activities such as work conference calls or in the case one of your child’s classes is cancelled. .


Since your child needs to balance learning with other activities, don’t forget to also include things like games, chores, and even video calls with their friends if you can manage it.


Also, always prepare backup plans for important activities such as work conference calls or in the case one of your child’s classes is cancelled. .


3. Positive reinforcement and close attention works the best.


Being stuck at home during a pandemic can cause a child to feel all sorts of emotions, most of them not so nice. So when it comes to discipline, it would be best if you used positive reinforcement on them whenever you need to instill some discipline.

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Set schedules to help both you and your kids keep track of things while stuck at home. 

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Reward them for behaving well, and use creative forms of punishment when they start misbehaving. At all time, also be present and communicate the reasons for your actions so that they’ll know how to act as one day passes on to the next.


Even if your child is particularly difficult to handle, you’ll be surprised at how well positive reinforcement can work to improve their behavior. By using these methods, you can create positive and peaceful atmosphere at home that not only makes your children feel safe and reassured, but everyone else as well.


4. It’s OK to fail.


Being a parent is extremely tough, you know that already, but being a parent during a pandemic is even harder. So don’t beat yourself up whenever you think you’ve made a mistake or failed to do something that you needed to do.


Every single day, you have tons of responsibilities as a parent, and more often than not, you’ll obviously make an error no matter how hard you try to avoid it. You might forget to check your kid’s homework, or you might accidentally get too flustered with all the chores and unintentionally lash out at your child.


While these things can make you feel extremely guilty, you need to remember that you’re not the only one who has made a parenting mistake – in fact, many other parents also experience the same, whether you realize it or not.


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Be present for your children and use positive reinforcement 

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While these things can make you feel extremely guilty, you need to remember that you’re not the only one who has made a parenting mistake – in fact, many other parents also experience the same, whether you realize it or not.


The best thing to do in such scenarios is to simply face up to your error, and immediately work to fix it. Begin by apologizing to whoever you need to, be it your kid or your spouse, and then go ahead and make amends.


5. Get help if you need it, rest when you can.


As a parent, you may sometimes feel you have everything in order. But other times, this isn’t always the case, and things can suddenly seem overwhelming and beyond your control.


Whenever this happens, you should always use whatever help you can get. Parenting help can range from asking a your partner to perform babysitting duties while you work, to getting food delivered if you don’t have time to cook, to using fun educational aids to keep your kids occupied during their free time.


If you make a mistake, know that it happens to all parents, not just you. 

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There are many reasons why asking for help is sound advice, but one of the most important reasons for doing so is because sometimes you’re just really tired and need a break.


In the grand scheme of things, being a parent and caring for your family is hard work even without being in lockdown. But in such trying times, it’s also so important to take care of yourself.


When things get too stressful, just take a step back and ask yourself: Will this problem cause more negative consequences for me and my family, and will it bother me forever?


More often than not, you’ll find that the answer to these two questions will put everything into perspective, and make everything seem more manageable.


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The above are just a few things you can do to create a base on which you can rely on to help you navigate your parenting duties during the pandemic. While they won’t always turn out perfect, they can be used to form a strong base on which you can plan your parenting activities during the pandemic.


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