One of the most important goals that I have is raising my sons, Andrew and Tyler, who are 6 and 5 respectively. As any parent, I want them to do well in school, experience life, have extracurricular activities, have fun, and have the skills necessary to excel in life. As their father, my job is to support and facilitate these goals. Before the pandemic hit, they were involved in many activities including karate, soccer, and piano.
As we all are dealing with the coronavirus, our job as parents has evolved and has become more intense. Before the pandemic, parents relied on teachers, coaches, or even family members to get involved in helping our kids grow. This responsibility has now been thrust more on the parents. In addition, we are all learning how to deal with this amazing situation. It’s easy to enter into survival mode.
One of the keys to success is to be engaged in our goals. This included being more engaged in our kids' lives, especially during these tough times. It’s easy to relax on our discipline during tough times because, let’s face it, life right now feels like our days are just an endless loop of the same things.
Here are some principles that apply in these times.
The goal is to get through this challenging time and simultaneously put your family and kids into a position to succeed.
Parenting during this pandemic is difficult. It is important to lead positively so that your children can follow your example. Keeping them on a schedule and providing structure will allow for better behavior and more meaningful interactions.