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What To Do With Kids In Lockdown School Holidays

What To Do With Kids In Lockdown School Holidays

We are back in school holidays. Many parents and carers were busy planning holidays overseas or interstate in pre-pandemic times. They would also be booking play dates and organising day trips.

A large number of us, however, are lock down (still), living under restrictions, and most likely working remotely. Many parents feel that school holidays are just another day, and they’re exhaust trying to manage remote learning while working.

Education researcher. I have a long-standing interest in the integration of creativity and educational experiences for children. Here some suggestions for you and your kids if you stuck for ideas for holidays and are looking to reconnect after a difficult school term.

You might be amaze at the conversation starters you can use. Reminisce about your childhood memories. Most likely, your favourite moments are not about grand gestures but more about connecting with a parent/caretaker.

It might seem difficult to find new ways to foster this positive relationship in lockdown, but it is possible. One way to try conversation starters is to do it while you walk, throw a ball, or at the dinner table.

To Help Your Child Holidays Develop A Sense Self

It might be a good idea to discuss experiences that you have had since lockdown started, or any other time in the past. These sentence starters might help you get start:

  • I enjoyed
  • In the future, I would like to try.
  • It would be awesome if we could.
  • I look forward to
  • I felt the same way when such-and-such happened.

Give it a shot. It might feel awkward at first. You might be surprise at the things that come up when you and your child begin talking. Discover new ways to share positive emotions. Positive emotions can be contagious. You can find new ways to spread positivity by looking at these.

Each person will share three things that they are grateful for during dinner or on a family walk. Make a list of small pleasures, such as a favourite dish or a place you enjoy walking past. The list should kept visible, such as on your fridge. You can add to it over the years.

Try random acts of kindness. Send a card or postcard to someone you know and they will be grateful. You can also write a note of gratitude to a local teacher or business. Celebrate your day-to-day accomplishments. Try to teach your child a family recipe. You can also form a mini-book club and read the same book together.

You don’t need to be positive all the time. We must allow children to experience sadness and stress, as well as the ability to express those emotions.

Even In Cities, It Is Possible To Connect Holidays With Nature

Even if the contact with nature is short, connecting with nature can improve your mental well-being. Although a visit to the national parks might not be possible, you can still find natural beauty in even the most urban settings. It’s possible. You can try mindful walking with your child. This is where you intentionally notice the world around you.

Take a tip from meditation practice to name five things that you see, four you hear, three you feel, one you smell, and two you taste. It’s a sensory scavenger hunt that you can do on your walks. You might be surprise at what you find. If it’s permit, take a picnic to the local park. Put your shoes on and feel the grass between your toes.

If you are subject to a lockdown radius of restrictions, take out the map and carefully examine what is within your area. You might be surprise at the number of streets or parks you don’t know about. It can be incredibly rewarding to discover new streets to explore.

If you have a backyard, take advantage of it. You can create a sculpture using found objects and arrange flowers in a shape. Plant something, herbs, flowers, or anything, in a balcony pot or an indoor garden, and watch it grow. Keep track of the progress. Get to know your child’s interests and connect with them

Connect with your children in new ways. Take an interest in their interests, even if they aren’t something you do all the time.

Try These

  • You can host a regular game night or card game night with your child.
  • Making your favorite food from scratch (pasta is a fun and easy way to make a delicious meal for everyone)
  • Teach your children how to communicate with their pets.
  • Make a time capsule to capture pandemic life
  • Help your child arrange their bedroom.
  • Start a community art project that brings joy and hope, such as the Spoonville craze.
  • Be gentle with your self

Please be kind to yourself if you feel tired from reading this list. If you don’t feel like doing any of these things, don’t worry. Nobody expects you to plan every minute of your child’s holiday. If you have some spare time and are looking for ways to revive the old chores, walks, or activities, this list may prove useful.

Culture Shapes Conduct When We’re On Holiday

Culture Shapes Conduct When We’re On Holiday

The tension between residents culture and tourists is growing around the globe, with residents often being blame for acting inappropriately or disturbing locals. Protests against tourists have held in Hong Kong, Venice, and Barcelona.

Tourists in Hong Kong are accuse of being inconsiderate, noisy, inconsiderate, urinating publicly, purchasing baby milk powder and not adhering to local customs. Particularly Chinese tourists are subject to harsh criticism in Hong Kong and Thailand. British tourists in Spain are often blame when they behave badly.

Tourists’ ethics are not often studied and there are many unanswered questions. It is not clear whether tourists have different moral beliefs than the locals, if people from different parts are incline to have morally questionable activities on holiday than those who live there.

What Culture We Did

A recently published study suggests that there could be differences in the ethical judgments of tourists from different areas and residents living in Hong Kong.

We conducted a survey among tourists from mainland China, Western tourists, and residents of Hong Kong. The goal was to determine how morally acceptable each scenario was.

These scenarios included: counterfeiting products, disorderly behavior in public due to alcoholism, jumping queues and lying about the age of children (to receive discounts), and using prostitutes’ services.

To find out how accepting these scenarios were, we used a Multidimensional Ethics Scale. This scale is widely used to analyze ethical judgments. It uses multiple normative ethics theories.

Then, we asked respondents if they would be willing to take part in these activities at their home or on vacation.

Fish From Water Culture

For ethical decision-making, the case of tourist behavior is particularly interesting. We may feel pressured to behave in certain ways at home due to social pressures. Friends, family members and colleagues may judge us. We may feel judged by our family, friends or colleagues. Your actions could have lasting consequences.

These pressures disappear when we travel to foreign countries, where no one knows us or where we don’t stay long. Tourism can be seen as an indulgent and egoistic activity.

That’s At Least The Theory

Respondents found that engaging in prostitution and jumping into queues was unacceptable, while buying counterfeit products was acceptable.

It was surprising to see two seemingly different activities, such as engaging in prostitution and jumping queues, being rated the same. It could be that many people have experienced queue jumping and can recall the negative consequences (a few extra minutes).

People feel that jumping in the queues is not fair or morally right. It also violates established social norms.

The case of prostitution can be explained by Immanuel Kant’s deontology. Prostitution is a way to reduce a person’s worth as an instrument to achieve sexual climaxes with another person. Prostitution is against the principle that every person should be treated as an end in itself, not as a means to achieving one’s goals.

It is interesting to note that while selling counterfeit products in many countries, including Hong Kong was illegal, purchasing them was considered acceptable. Purchase of counterfeit products has positive effects for both the buyers (lower price) and the sellers (profit).

Because it is common in Hong Kong, it appears to be acceptable. It is unlikely that those who buy counterfeit goods will feel guilty about losing profits from luxury brands.

Culture Influences

Our findings support the notion that morality can vary from culture to culture. There are differences in the experiences of the Hong Kong residents and visitors.

Contrary to Western tourists, mainland Chinese tourists believe it is more acceptable to buy counterfeit products in Hong Kong, jump through queues, and lie about the age of a child to obtain discounts. Western tourists find it acceptable to hire the services of a prostitute.

Both think that public drunkenness and misbehaviour is more acceptable in Hong Kong than it is in the rest of the world. In general, Hong Kongers are more morally strict than the tourists.

Except for drunken misbehaviour, western tourists were more likely than their counterparts at home to take part in all scenarios while on holiday. Hong Kong residents are more likely to participate in all holiday activities than they are at home.

Contrary to popular belief, mainland Chinese tourists are more inclined to engage in most of these scenarios at home than they are on holiday, with the exception of engaging in the services of prostitutes. Chinese tourists seem to be aware of the negative publicity they’ve been receiving recently, particularly in Hong Kong.

Since 2015, the Chinese government has started to blacklist uncivilized tourists and distributed educational information. It aims to minimize inappropriate behaviour overseas.

Chinese tourists more likely to be ethical to avoid being blacklist or to ensure their safety.

Moral Of The Story

The culture and environment we grow up in will influence what we believe to be ethical. We do what is acceptable to those we know and the environment in which we live.

Individual principles, inborn morality, and perceptions of fairness can all be more important guides than others for what is morally acceptable. However, appealing to the consequences and the possibility of punishment is more likely to discourage people from engaging morally questionable activities.

It seems plausible that holiday-goers are more likely not to behave. Well than they are at home if there are no social pressures. However, the Chinese tourist case shows that this is not always true.

For reducing unethical behaviour, both punishing and educating tourists are possible strategies.

School Holidays Pressure Off Yourself

School Holidays Pressure Off Yourself

Parents who feel dread for the school holidays are not alone. Many parents will work from home during the school holidays. They may be wondering how they are going to manage online meetings without online schooling.

The school holidays are likely to bring about a host of emotions, anger, guilt, sadness, and stress. Many of the family’s usual activities during school holidays will be cancel due to lockdowns. There is also the possibility that working parents will have more unpaid responsibilities, especially for women. Many parents feel the pressure to find ways of keeping their children occupied.

I am a psychologist and a former school psychologist. I have also had to be a parent working with two teens in lockdown. Parents, I advise you to let go of the pressure.

Allow your children to be bore and not try to make it a holiday. Tell your employer as soon as possible that your attention may be more divided over the coming weeks.

Accept School Boredom

While home schooling can be challenging, it has the benefit of keeping children and teens busy for most of the day. It can give structure and routine to the chaotic stay-at-home lifestyle.

Parents and lock-down children left wondering what they will do during a two week holiday at home without school. Do you hear a tiny voice in your ear saying I’m bore?

Parents often instinctively try to find things to do for their child, but they have to resist the urge. You can say, I’m bore! You can now go. Research is showing that boredom can lead to creativity in children, and one study shows how.

Previous research has shown that people use daydreaming as a way to cope with boredom-induced tension. It is important to daydream. This study also notes that Jerome Singer, a US psychologist, described daydreaming.

As shifting attention away from an external problem or situation to the internal representations of situations, memories and pictures, unresolved issues, scenarios, or future objectives.

Although your children may feel bored, they might not be. This may be a good thing for them. School holidays offer children a chance to recharge and refresh. School holidays offer a break from school’s routines and learning expectations. It is a time to refresh yourself from boredom and long periods unstructured play.

School Employers Have A Role

Recent research on Australian parents has shown that many parents experienced increased levels of anxiety, depression, stress, and tension during the pandemic than they did before it. Employers should look for practical ways to support parents during the school holidays. These could include poker pelangi.

When Possible, Delay Deadlines

Asking whether these long, online meetings are actually necessary or productive. Allowing working parents to take half-days of leave to ensure a better balance between paid and unpaid work.

Parents should think about how they can communicate their needs to their workplace and to their families. Set boundaries for older children. Talk to them about work and let them know why you do it.

Know that you are not the only one. You are part a remarkable and resilient group of parents who work hard and live in a stable home. It won’t be perfect but it will work out in the end.

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