How to support your children during confinement How to support your children during confinement

Several months of mandatory confinement may have affected your children emotionally and psychologically. It is important to identify this early.

Children have experienced changes in their routines during these months of confinement. While in many cases they may have adapted, it is important to pay attention to signs of possible emotional repercussions. The most common are a fear of going back to their school routine, social isolation, the desire to stay home, as well as irritation in everyday situations that could translate into aggression.

According to Nubia Bautista, subdirector of the Non-Transmittable Illnesses Department at the  Colombian Ministry of Health, “long periods of preventative isolation can cause children to become bored and reluctant, which can lead to indifference, constant worrying about when the preventative isolation will end, and fear of coming into contact with people and things outside the house.”

Because of this, UNICEF has given some advice so that parents can support their children and contribute to their mental health during confinement:

  • Take preventative measures when integrating the whole family.
  • Reduce their exposure to false or alarming information.
  • Do family activities and games to bring the family together and have fun.
  • Ensure communication and bonding with family and friends.
  • Agree on routines and schedules at home for everyone.
  •  Encourage physical activity and avoid overexposure to violence online.

Specialists agree that in addition to supervision, close and honest communication with your children is essential for understanding their fears and concerns. This way, you will strengthen your bond with them and prevent effects on their behavior.

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