As we begin to see tourists arriving, the cafes and restaurants opening and summer schools being offered many would welcome the move out of the pandemic restrictions, but don’t be too harsh if your children are a little reticent.
Depending on their personality type and life experiences some will relish the challenge of getting out and about now, whilst others will be cautious and even scared. There is no right or wrong way here, it just simply is, and once again the most helpful parenting response will be to notice and be fully present to go at our children’s pace rather than our own.
One reason some children will embrace the changes again now is that they have developed resilience. That ability to respond to challenges with a healthy positivity. Becky Diamond writing for Psychology Today in February this year had noticed that her son was very cautious post strict lockdown and was saying no to a lot of activities that he had previously enjoyed like going to the park.
Being a journalist she natural researched the story of the children who have gone through the pandemic and she writes that there was a simple answer:“help him build resilience. Studies show that people who face moderate adversity and stress build that all-important life skill we call resilience. It’s the ability to bounce back. To cope with discomfort by experiencing it, not by avoiding it. Mental health experts say that people who are resilient are likely to be happier and healthier”.
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