Coronavirus: 7 Ways to Thrive Under Home-based Learning
The Straits Times
Republished with Permission
12 April 2020
Mrs Joanna Koh-Hoe, chief executive officer of Focus on the Family Singapore, advises using the time to build up resilience.
"If our children aren't talking to us but are feeling the similar effects of Covid-19 as the rest of the world ,there might not be any healthy outlet for them to process their thoughts and manage their emotions," she says.
She suggests five areas where parents can engage their children in age-appropriate ways, such as talking about health and hygiene; fears and anxieties; how the country and government are responding; service and compassion for others; and life and death.
More ideas can be found at the Focus on the Family Singapore website.
Think of fun family projects to do together, such as by paying tribute to frontline workers with a simple social media post.
"Research has shown that helping others is a good way to help ourselves. That's one way to look beyond ourselves and not just survive, but thrive in this standstill," she says.