COVID-19 is taking its toll on your children as well

COVID-19 is hurting children's mental health

According to statistics provided by Johns Hopkins University in the US, by July 2020, more than 500,000 people worldwide have now lost their lives as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Besides the global health risk, the COVID-19 has also had a significant impact on the global economy, causing millions of people to lose their jobs, forcing prominent retailers to file for bankruptcy.

On the other hand, at the micro level, the coronavirus pandemic has also affected human’s behavior and mental health in many different ways. To be more specific, children – the most vulnerable age group - are clearly feeling the stress during the lockdown period. Below are some examples of signs your child may show when he/she is dealing with anxiety:

1/ Excessive worry or sadness: Kids have become clingier towards their parents

2/ Unhealthy eating habits: Kids consume more fatty, salty, sugary foods and snacks

3/ Unhealthy sleeping habits: Bed-wetting, sleep deprivation

4/ Difficulty with attention and concentration: inability to sit still; being restless and fidgety.

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What are the causes behind all the tantrum and depression?

In many countries around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing governments to impose major restrictions on the lives of citizens. People are banned from going out unless they need to buy food and medicine. Businesses and schools are closed, street vending is forbidden, public transport is suspended and public gatherings are strictly prohibited.

As a result, your children are getting angrier as the normal worlds they used to live in have been turned upside down; they are angry since they can’t go to school and meet their best friends. As parents, we need to understand that this is a normal behavior in children, and we need to help them go through this hard time by giving them something to do, play or learn. Remember, you’re all they’ve got right now!

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What should you do as parents?

What’s critical to helping any kid with anger is connecting you with the kid to understand his/her anger, distress, or sadness. After that, you should look at your child like he is a good kid going through a hard time, not a bad kid doing bad things. Finally, learning to deal with a kid’s temper tantrum is another important thing to consider. You can either prevent a tantrum from happening in the first place, or maintain a calm posture during the middle of a tantrum, or encourage and comfort your kid after he regains control.

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