Before the 2019 coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19), children were free to go to school, hang out with their friends and play outside. But since the lockdowns were imposed, children have been locked at home and forced to adapt to online learning.
Save the Children Philippines is concerned about how these blockages and limited social interactions have negatively impacted their development. On World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October, the children’s organization called on parents, guardians and teachers to ensure that children’s right to development – including social and emotional – be respected despite the pandemic.
The organization has unfortunately noted that many children are anxious and sad because they fear that they will not be able to catch up with their school delay. They also miss their friends at school and their outdoor activities.
Atty. Alberto Muyot, CEO of the group, said parents and guardians should use the quarantine period to build relationships with children and meet all of their emotional needs.
“When adults face different challenges as they juggle their daily lives or encounter issues they are not used to, especially before COVID-19, they may not be able to provide nurturing care to their children. children, ”Muyot said.
“Parents, guardians need to be patient and empathize with their children, as they are also going through similar psychosocial distress,” he added.
Save the Children Philippines actively advocates for positive discipline – a parenting approach that strengthens the relationship between parents or guardians and their children.
Through positive discipline, parents and guardians show children their love and support without resorting to hurtful discipline. In doing so, children feel empowered and able to thrive and develop fully because they live in a safe and supportive environment.
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