How to Engage Your Child in a Period of Uncertainty

By 2020-02-28 21:10:14

During the epidemic period, every day seems to be hard for us, especially for parents. The media have been restlessly providing the latest updates on the infected and suspected numbers, causing anxiety, panic, depression and many other negative emotions among us.



In challenging times, it is normal to feel frustrated and upset. We may try to watch TV to know the situation, cook more with what we can from available grocery delivery services, even try our hand at making hand sanitizers to relax and calm down.  

As children are more sensitive and vulnerable than adults, they may be deeply affected by what parents say and do during this time. With limited places open, staying at home for long periods of time can lead to impatience and possibly showcasing tempers.



So what can you do to create a more peaceful household during this time? And how to engage your child at home during this period? 

Here are some suggestions for parents to create a schedule when getting along with little ones during this uncertain time.


  • 25-45 minutes of playing time are recommended.
  • Try not to rely on electronic devices.
  • Enjoy educational games or watch educational cartoons and movies together.



0-1 years old: Sensory training 

Little ones at this age need a response from the caregivers. Play sensory stimulation games with them, such as touch massage, colour card recognition and rattlers. 

1-3 years old: Concentration training

Toddlers need to calm down and concentrate. Hand-eye coordination games such as handicrafts, painting, origami, paper cutting, Lego blocks and puzzles are good choices. 

3-5 years old: Cooperative games

Playing ball games at home is preferred. Role-playing, dress-up parties, and pillow fights are also the favourite ones of children of this age.

Some kids tend to throw things and hit people when they are angry. Pick up what was thrown by them, such as the ball, teach them playground etiquette and learning how to play nicely together.

6-8 years old: Thinking games

Board games are the best for 6-8-year-old children. They can get trained on logic, thinking, calculation, deployment, competition and coordination. Take out your backgammon, Go, flying chess, or card games. This is the perfect chance to have your family play together.

When you play, do not care too much about the result. If your child can't accept losing, be patient to teach them that "Winning isn't everything" and teach them about fair competition.

Though it's a hard time for us all, we can grow from this uncertainty and create a healthier relationship with our children.


Original source:曾奇峰心理工作室 but re-edited for content