Adults tend to exclaim how much the COVID-19 pandemic affects their livelihood, but many seem to underestimate its effect on kids. Some people say, “Oh, they are not suffering at all. They have a good life at home.” Others assume, “The kids must be happy since they don’t have to go to school until the next school year.” Have you tried to see what’s happening in the eyes of a child, though?
One day, the children are hanging out at the playground with your friends, talking about your new toys. They may even have playdates and slumber parties organized. The next day, Mom tells them that they cannot see their friends because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also forbidden to go to school, play at the park, or eat at their favorite restaurant.
This sudden schedule modification cannot be easy to understand, even for older children who have already surpassed primary school. The parents may try to explain the situation in the most straightforward words, but the reality is that no one genuinely knows it. All we’ve been told is that staying at home is the safest thing to do while the experts are figuring out how to beat the coronavirus.
But if you are a kid, I suggest leaving the worries to the adults. Follow the quarantine orders; try to have fun with your siblings and parents. At the same time, learn a few life lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sharing Is Caring
The first thing that kids realize is that sharing what you have to others can be a magical experience. Some donate their savings to other less-fortunate children in the city. Others help their parents prepare food packs for the frontline workers.
Money Can’t Buy Everything
If you ask the children what they want to be when they grow up, it is not uncommon to get some money-related answers. “I want to own a business, so I can have lots of money to buy toys.” “I want to be a pilot so that I can travel around the globe.” “I want to be a celebrity chef and open a lot of restaurants and buy whatever I want.”
Well, during this coronavirus outbreak, even the kids can notice that money cannot buy everything. Not a cure for the virus, not a procedure to extend an infected person’s life. It can barely give you peace of mind, considering wealthy folks still don’t feel safe from COVID-19 in their estates.
Make The Most Out Of Your Time With Loved Ones
Among the thousands of individuals who have perished due to the COVID-19, it’s impossible to assume that they are all single people. Some of them are moms and dads; others are offspring of now-grieving couples. Unfortunately, when they tested positive for coronavirus, none of them got to spend their last days with their loved ones.
When kids hear about such deaths, fear seems to be the first thing that they feel. However, it should open your eyes to the fact that life can be very short for some. You need to learn how to make the most of your time with loved ones because we don’t know when the opportunity will pass.
Some parents think that their kids are too young to get exposed to such truths of life during a pandemic. However, I beg to disagree. They need to be aware of what’s happening around the globe so that they don’t become oblivious of others’ hardships. This consciousness makes them empathetic and allows them to grow up as good, responsible individuals. Isn’t that what we all dream of?