Spending more time with your child at home lets you see challenges you weren’t aware of. Discovering difficulties may not sound like good news, but it creates an opportunity. It gives you an idea of skills you can help your child build while you’re together.
Families are coping with huge changes to routines. They’re trying to make the best of distance learning and being stuck at home. All of this can be especially challenging for kids who learn and think differently.
That’s why it’s so important to acknowledge the “tiny victories.” Whether your child is staying focused for longer periods of time or finishing a math problem without giving up, a win is a win—and it deserves a celebration.
What strengths and skills are your children building?
What strength or skill is your child building at home?
How can you give your children the life skills they need to cope in the modern world?
Here’s some skills children can building while at home:
1. Showing Resilience and Empathy: My daughter has shown amazing resilience and empathy along with much-needed growth in maturity. She’s dealing with two parents who are essential workers and by the time we get home we’re so exhausted and she’s just trying to do everything she can to make our lives easier, go figure.”
2. Taking On Responsibilities: My son has taken on more responsibility for his schoolwork knowing that teachers are not there to guide him along every step. It was a bit of a struggle the first two weeks, but he managed it and is now mostly working by himself daily. We only have to set up a schedule for the day of what work he will do, and if he needs help he asks. That’s a win for us.
3. Problem solving skills: I feel like my son has gotten a bit better about being proactive when it comes to daily tasks around the house. I feel like he’s pulling some of his other skills together (like his observation and problem-solving skills) and putting them into action.
4. Taking on Challenges: My son is getting more proactive as well. He even made himself refrigerator biscuits the other day. And asked for help getting them out of the oven. That last is huge, as he’s never good at asking for help.”
5. Building Coping Skills: I’ve noticed my 5-year-old daughter has gotten a lot better at sharing with her little brother. She’s more interested in helping take care of him, too. I also see her pausing to take a deep breath when she gets upset herself. It’s something we’d been working on that she didn’t do before this crisis. She even reminds me to do it sometimes. It’s inspiring to see her build coping skills.
Strengthening skills can give your child a confidence boost during a difficult time. Even the smallest wins can make a big difference. And it might be easier to address it now without some of the usual pressures of school and other activities.
You don’t want to put any more pressure on your child and yourself, though. The key is to focus on one skill at a time and to do it in a way that’s not intense. Using the best way they learn to help develop the skills they need.
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