With less time spent outdoors, children’s physical and mental health can be compromised. Staying indoors means less physical activities, less social interaction, and less recreational activities for kids. It puts a limit on the ways of achieving a sound mind and a healthy body.
With no definite end in sight for the pandemic, parents and guardians have to come up with fun ways to maintain the overall well-being and health of children even as they stay inside the house. Here are some tips on how kids can stay healthy during the pandemic.
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Keep them moving even indoors
Staying indoors should not make you and your children less physically active. There are various options and home-based workouts that usually require little or no equipment. Some activities may include jumping rope, tug of war at home, some aerobic activities like riding or walking, and other fun physical activities that keep kids active at home.
Keep them busy with things they enjoy
This quarantine is the perfect time to help your children enjoy and improve their craft. Whether it be something related to arts, entertainment, or sports, allow your children to further their skills and enjoy their time at home doing the fun things they love.
Keep them healthy by serving nutritious meals
A balanced diet is a key factor in keeping the kids healthy. Provide children with fruits and vegetables, as well as a high protein food. Encourage them to drink more water instead of soda and juice.
Keep them connected with family and friends
Not all screen times are bad for your child. Screen time during quarantine is even essential. Make use of technology to keep your child connected with family members and friends. Install kid-friendly messaging apps or make your child use your account to do regular video calls with relatives and enjoy virtual playdates with friends.
Keep them learning
Aside from online classes and playschools, it is good for children’s mental wellbeing if they continue to learn new things every day. Involve them in daily chores and teach them to practice life skills. It is a good way for them to continuously learn.
Staying indoors isn’t enough to protect the kids. Strike the balance between keeping your child safe from the virus and maintaining his mental and physical wellbeing. It’s what you do inside the house that counts.
Gwen Llana-Serrano is a millennial mom who works from home. She owns a content writing start-up and writes about her experience as a mom for the first time on her parenting and lifestyle blog. He also writes articles for The Asian Parent, the largest parenting website in Southeast Asia.