It’s no secret the last year has been very difficult for families. The pandemic has disrupted our lives in ways no one could really have predicted. And unfortunately, our kids have been impacted deeply, as well. In many places across the country, government restrictions are still happening, which likely limits what kids are used to doing. Helping them navigate this complicated time will take patience, creativity, and a lot of love.
Here are some tips on how you can help the kids in your life find joy amid ongoing pandemic restrictions.
#1: Encourage Communication.
Talking about feelings can be challenging sometimes. But if you encourage this with your kids starting at a young age, it makes it easier for them as they get older. They will understand that processing their emotions and feelings with someone they love and respect is healthy. It also helps them get support from people who want what is best for them. Nannies and parents can work together to nurture kids in this area, while also modeling what it looks like.
#2: Get Creative.
Familiar places in your area might be closed or activities may still be restricted. That doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Get creative with activities at home instead. Make an obstacle course in the living room or have a sleepover in the family room for one night. Perhaps it’s a night where you and your family dress up and have a fancy dinner at home. Maybe a game night with a new board game, popcorn, or a special dessert will do the trick. Encouraging fun and laughter as a family will help bond you closer together and inspire joy.
#3: Don’t Forget About Socialization.
Playdates at home may not be something you’re comfortable with yet, but there are still some great ways to help your kids socialize with their friends and loved ones. Regular walks or hikes at local parks or trails outside with family and friends is one idea. Or consider signing your kids up for an extracurricular class in an area that interests them, such as theater or painting. This allows them to meet other kids and helps them learn and develop a new skill.
Helping kids navigate hard waters is part of life and finding joy amid those times is important. Doing this helps them embrace everything that life throws at them, no matter how old they are.
Working with your nanny on keeping kids happy, motivated, and optimistic about the future requires open communication and creative conversations. If you have recently hired a nanny and want to learn how we can help manage all the payroll and tax details, contact us today @800-626-4829.