Updated: Aug 18
I have been thinking a lot about what to write for this next blog and the issue that is foremost in my mind is how children and their parents, teachers and carers are coping over this last lockdown.
If you are living in Victoria or in NSW you are in the thick of an extended lockdown. And if you are in other States, lucky you!!
Someone I know likened life in lockdown to being like a caged chicken, let out to 'free range' for a short amount of time in the day. Iv'e always been a supporter of organisations that work to free caged animals, whether they are chickens, pigs or moon bears. I now truly empathise with every animal kept in a cage with little freedom to live the lives they should be living. Whilst the analogy of being cooped up like a caged hen is somewhat funny, it certainly highlights the difficulty of ongoing lockdowns.
In light of this I think about my own children and grandchildren at their different ages and stages and I can see, whilst they are coping, they are also juggling work with their young children at home or are managing the isolation of being a single person. I worry about my three-year-old grandson who has spent almost half is life in an isolation bubble but thankfully, when he has been able to go to kinder, is socialising well and loving the company of other children.
I don’t think any of us really know what the long term impact of these lockdowns will be on our children’s development but the one thing I believe, is if we can encourage our children to be resilient, we are giving them a positive tool to carry with them throughout their lives.
How do we teach children resilience? How do we, as adults demonstrate this? I think it can be very difficult to be resilient in the face of multiple lockdowns, work insecurity and other challenges a number of us have had to face. I don’t have the answers, but I do think there are many ways we can talk about ‘resilience’ to our children.
In our book, ‘A Brand New Band’, the major learning outcome is ‘inclusiveness’ however the story also clearly demonstrates Lulu’s resilience, and her ability to forgive, which is, I believe, a consequence of being resilient.
Whilst Lulu thinks, quite reasonably, that being excluded from joining the band is ‘not fair’ she finds a way to overcome her feelings about this.
What does Lulu find within herself that enables her to move on from being upset? Although this isn't spelt out in the book, it is apparent that Lulu has the internal resources to nurture herself and to self talk in a positive way, meaning, she can find ways to make herself feel better. I think Lulu’s ability to be self-reliant and to think laterally and creatively helps her to be more resilient.
How can you help your children become more resilient in this time of Covd-19?
As usual I would love to hear from you and how you think we can help our children be more resilient.
Hope you all manage over the next week or so.
Until next time, stay safe.