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How to Manage the Emotional Needs of the Child While at Home


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How to Manage the Emotional Needs of the Child While at Home | Baby & Beyond

With kids spending more time indoors during vacation, one of the biggest concerns for parents has been how to manage the emotional needs of the child while at home. It is natural for children to curious and bored. Kids spent the entire summer vacations at home and the beginning of new school year is also happening online. So we are adapting to different changes.


Just after a few days of being at home, we noticed that our 4-year-old was getting curious and overly clingy to us. We realized we would need to take active steps to care for his emotional needs. Here I am sharing the steps we have been taking:

How to Manage the Emotional Needs of the Child While at Home | Baby & Beyond
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1. Have a conversation with your child:

Kids are curious by nature and want to know more about everything. Talking to kids openly is the most important thing we can do at this stage. We do not dismiss or avoid N’s questions. We listen to his concerns and try answering his questions as honestly as possible, without creating too much fear in his mind. Rather than focusing on what we cannot control, we talk about what we can do at home. Based on your kid’s age, you can provide the appropriate amount of information to them.

2. Be a role model – stay positive:

As I mentioned, kids understand way more than we give them credit for. This can backfire as well. We avoid talking to other adults on the phone about anything that might upset them. Instead we try to talk positively around him.

3. Spend quality one-on-one time:

Nothing reassures a child more than quality, one-on-one time with their family. My husband and I both take time out to be just with our son and do whatever he feels like doing at that time. We avoid devices at this time and give him the undivided attention he needs. We have noticed that at night right before sleeping is when he is most insecure, so the three of us spend an hour together every night reading books before sleeping.

4. Have a routine:

Even vacations should have a routine. I kept it as close to his daily school routine as possible, with free play, structured activities, snack breaks, music time, etc. We may not be able to follow the routine on many days, but still having one helps them grow positively. Kids thrive when they have a set routine because it gives them a sense of predictability and familiarity.

5. Be flexible:

N has been sleeping on his own in his room since a year, but sometimes he asks to be with us at night. That time it is our responsibility to comfort them by being with them. It is okay to be scared, this may be how he copes with things. Similarly screen time is through the roof during vacations, but I try to maintain a balance of screen time and physical activity. Help them stay in touch with loved ones While kids are indoors help them stay connected with their close family relatives, cousins and friends over calls or video calls.

How to Manage the Emotional Needs of the Child While at Home | Baby & Beyond
While kids are indoors help them stay connected with their close family relatives, cousins and friends over calls or video calls

6. Encourage physical activity:

While staying indoors, kids would be dealing with a lot of pent up energy. We encourage N to do yoga, exercise and play sports at home, which help him deal with stress and burn energy so he also sleeps better.

How to Manage the Emotional Needs of the Child While at Home | Baby & Beyond
Physical activities indoors such as hop scotch, yoga, sports, etc. help burn pent up energy and relieve stress

7. Take care of his health and nutrition:

The most important thing we all moms are certainly doing right now is taking care of our children’s health and nutrition II also try to provide good balanced nutrition to build his immunity and ensure he eats healthy and sleeps well. Adding PediaSure to his diet helps in maintaining a balanced nutrition. Right nutrition, right play leads to right growth.

What have you been doing specifically to care for your kid’s emotional needs while at home? Do share in the comments below.


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