When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher, so I could spend time with kids and be able to teach them the things I knew. Basically, all I wanted was to see them grow and discover the things they were passionate about. Eventually, I realized that my heart was in a different place, and so I chose to spend time with my nieces and nephews, so at the very least, I could still see how they developed.
So generally, what I found out is that during childhood, everything develops, from our physique to our mental foundation. For kids who experience traumatic events during their childhood, what could happen is, depending on how traumatic, a child could grow up to have dissociative identity disorder. This is when a child is unable to combine his or her personality into one, therefore, having different characters as they grow up. When this happens, they will no longer be able to develop their personality fully and will forever have different personalities.
On the other hand, kids could also grow up to have ADHD or dyslexia. These are not necessarily bad things to have, but these are things that could stress the child and give him or her a hard time with their development.
A lot of things could help with a child’s development. Things like playing, going to school, having friends, spending time with family, discovering hobbies, and developing their skills. With everything that is happening, with the kids having to stay home because of the Corona Virus, it restricts their areas of development. They spend less time outside with their peers and with a broader environment that they become limited to what is present in their homes.
For parents, I hope that they take this as an opportunity to spend more time with their kids and to help them discover different hobbies and skills that they may have. This is the time to support our kids’ interests because this is our way of assisting them to achieve their fullest potentials.
I remember growing up; I was afraid to tell my mom about what I wanted to pursue because I had an experience where she had laughed at me when I said that I wanted to learn how to sing. From then on, I stopped telling her about the things I wanted to learn and develop because I kept thinking she would not be on board with it. So, I urge parents always to support their kids’ interests. Show them that you understand and that you care about what they want in life.
Hearing from my cousins, they always say that they worry that their kids are spending way too much time online or that their kids are glued to their phones. During this quarantine, to every parent worrying about the same thing, I hope that you would take this time to explore with them or teach them about your hobbies. You get to spend time with them, and you help them discover new things. You get to connect with them, and you get them to let go of their phones. I would say that’s a win.
Basically, I hope that people would take this quarantine as a chance to connect with their kids, hear them out, and create memories with them. All of this helps them develop, and it helps them become the best version of themselves, and who would not want that for their kids? This our chance to be better parents, and this is their chance to grow despite having limited places to go to.