Imagine the pain of being detained in prison as a prisoner, or having to go through that type of a lockdown experience in your very own home. It would feel horrible. Being detained at home also affects the mental health of children in families where a parent is detained.
Fortunately, there is help available. There are community groups that help in serving as valuable resources in the management of difficulties of a family. There are even groups that work together to reduce the school and home-related needs of kids in such situations, such as various child nutrition programs like the National School Lunch Program, so they can live better overall. (There is even COVID-19 specific free school lunch program funding available.)
There are even psychologists who offer online services to help with the mental problems that are caused by dealing with a home detention, such as domestic conflicts, depression, and anxiety. These social workers can help parents and kids cope with the family issues that arise from the situation when it is needed.
Schools have very essential roles, not only in giving educational materials to kids, but also giving them a great opportunity for these kids to get counseling psychologically and interaction with their teachers. Schools can help in the provision of a healthy schedule, give kids better personal hygiene and an appropriate diet, teach better sleeping habits, and make them know ways in which their health can be improved. And it all fits into the curriculum of the school.
If there is a case of being detained at home, the parents are the best resource and the closest for these kids to get help. Open and close communication with kids is necessary to know all psychological and physical issues that are happening to the child. In detainment, parents are the role models in creating healthy behavior for kids. Good parenting skills are important when children are kept at home. Apart from knowing the needs of the child, they need to help their kids develop skills ranging from self-discipline to fitness to cooking and other important life skills.
Kids are exposed to epidemic related news content. So it is important to have direct conversations with kids about these situations which could help reduce their panic and anxiety. Being detained at home could serve as a good chance for the children and the parents to interact better, the kids should get involved in the activities of the family, and their self-sufficiency skills should also improve.
Approaching in the right way, the bonds of the family could be strengthened, and the psychological needs of the child could be met – even if one of both parents in on home detention.
Due to the COVID-19 lockdowns, being detained at home is now common for kids and adults in almost all nations across the world. It is now highly relevant, as kids are more vulnerable to the risks of the environment. Their mental health and their productivity when they are adults, is highly rooted in their early years.
You need to watch your kids and make sure you lead them through the right path.