by Reese B. Williams
The Black Kid's Guide to Sanity in a Pandemic
We might be nearly two years deep into the pandemic, but parents—you and I, both know our youth are still struggling to cope with our new reality.
From rescheduled birthday parties to Zoom school to more days spent at home than they can count, your kids will need your support to handle the challenges that these times present.
So here are a few ways you can help your child find peace of mind during the pandemic and keep your own sanity in the process:
Refocus their attention on what they can do.
Obsessing over all the things you can’t do would drive anyone mad.
Why not guide your children to exploring new activities that are safe to do during the pandemic? For example, you could find outdoor volunteer opportunities in the community and make it a family affair, or get creative and let your child plan an at-home hangout for themselves and their friends.
When they’re overwhelmed by all their surrounding changes and limitations and bored with watching TV, show them how you used to have fun back in the day before Instagram and YouTube were around!
Check-in with them.
Taking care of the black kid’s holistic health is always important. But now more than ever, it’s essential to be in tune with our youth’s social, mental, spiritual, and physical needs.
Children may seem oblivious to what’s going on, but they’re processing more than we think. You can ask them how they’re doing and feeling and then use what you learn to help you better support and empower them during this time.
Make sure that you’re taking care of yourself.
That’s right, you need self-care, too, because the black kid’s well-being depends on their caregiver’s wellbeing.
So in order to show up how you want to for your kids during the pandemic, it all starts with you. Invest in your own restoration, and that way, you’ll have the energy and resources you need to pour back into your kids.
The bottom line
Our youth needs us right now, and the best way to show up for them is with empathy and hope.
Leave a comment below and tell us what’s helped you keep your kids busy during the pandemic!