By Sandra Umeh
Lagos, April 18, 2020 (NAN) A Lagos based Psychologist, Mrs Chidinma Nwobi, has on Saturday x-rayed some useful measures mothers can adopt in engaging the kids positively, during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Nwobi is an Intentional Parenting Advocate (IPA) and founder of the “Happiness Place” located in the Amuwo Odofin Area of Lagos
She spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the need to rightly engage the children during the COVID-19 lockdown and keep them focus driven.
She said that mothers as major care givers in the home, must first strive to be solution focused so as to successfully look out for their families.
“The lockdown as we all know is unprecedented, and so, the first thing for mothers is to be solution focused and adopt a faith oriented stance with the COVID 19.
“During this period, mothers can co-create a lockdown plan and routine, get the kids together, have a meeting and allow them express their opinion so as to make them feel responsible.
“Mothers must also teach the children common coping skills and also cesnor their “screen time” as well as all information they feed themselves with on television.
“It is also plausible to engage the kids in arts and craft, nourishing their minds, body and spirit with the Bible,” she said.
She underscroed the need to engage the kids in conversations about COVID-19 and get them to understand the basics, beyound just washing of hands.
Nwobi noted that mothers have a tendency of being worked up when their kids start acting up, and so, urged them to see this period as an opportunity for growth and good bonding with family.
“This is because un-navigated emotions on the part of the kids can overwhelm them and make them crancky.
“A child who feels heard, is likely to be more receptive of whatever instructions that comes his or her way and urged that mothers ensure they nourish the minds of their wards,” she said
According to Nwobi, food is important at this time but eating the right meals is very important, especially during the lockdown, when there tends to be “emotional eating”
She said that it is important to keep the kids away from sugary foods, to avoid over activity.
“During this period, it is clear that everybody is bored and anxious, with most people using food to fill up, or as an escape route.
“The kids require healthy meals at this time; less sugar and more of fruits because, there a burst of energy that comes with consuming sugary foods,” she said
According to her, the consequence of energy burst is that the kids tend to be hyperactive, adding that mothers can effectively coordinate their homes if they take these basics into consideration.
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