The New Normal Kids survived
Year – 2020, Period – March to June, We all accepted the new normal. We Even learned to live with #lockdownera. Experienced a never before #quarantineedition #pandemicedition of our lives. In all this did we ever thought of our mini generation? Did we try to understand the emotional and mental state of our upcoming generation? Did we realize #pandemic2020 and #Lockdown and new normal even saw a new life and daily routine for kids? Before I move ahead I would like to thank Archana for introducing me and calling me an ingenious blogger which serves as my award for the day and forwarding me this opportunity where I can share my Lockdown Experience. Archana has beautifully shared her personal observations during this crisis here.
Thank you GenY
To begin with, This post especially comes a Thankyou and gratitude post to all the kids globally, who happily and positively lived this lockdown with the full cooperation. They really supported without even understanding what was happening in the world. Children who are experiencing #quarantine in or around their lives are accepting it without questioning.
Meanwhile, I had not seen the news for the last two months for the very simple reason, that if I see it my kids will see it too and I just didn’t want any negative effect to hamper there energies and positivity. I have positively and happily accepted there full-day presence and now we have found better ways to spend the days in our #pandemicdiaries.
Not to mention, Three months ago no one knew what homeschooling or online schooling even meant. Kids have never experienced anything like this in their lives and we need to make them feel normal and comfortable. The new normal of having activities with in-house is a new trend. DIY’s activities, session, and what not came up till schools came online with zoom, duo, and meet.
Meanwhile, A lot of memes floated the marker everywhere on how moms and kids are coping within the four walls, even where parents were noting down work while kids played or even slept. but I will say instead of making a joke of the situation lets find solutions. Parents were targetted with jokes about finding the vaccine looking at the madness in the house. Jokes apart here in this post I actually want to applaud for all the kids all over the globe for co-operating and surviving the lockdown nicely and perfectly.
A New Trend
In the first place, We saw a new trend that came into existence – Zoom school, e-yoga, e-Zumba, cooking at home, DIY classes, and much more to the list. Soon the schools also were seen inside the mobiles and laptops, children excitedly welcomed this change with full enthusiasm. Kids were introduced to the concept of online classrooms all over the world. Likewise, A tide of classes from schools was making rounds in virtual timetables. A new concept made kids and parents both involved in the new normal classroom. They accepted it all without any complaints. They enjoyed but then later adjusted to new classrooms. Some clicked some missed, some connected some disconnected, some happy some still clueless but they again survived.
It was hard for all of us, but we missed that it was hard for them too. I have seniors at my place and for me, the bigger fight was to gel between views of these two generations. One is logical and one is spiritual. When they use to bath and sit with folding hands in front of Ramayan it was my role again to explain why and how and what to grasp from these mythological series. And when it was time for discovery documentaries or avengers on TV again it was me to help seniors understand how the new world is getting saved my newly found saviors.
Notably, It was not easy but then we all managed. It’s new for us but imagine the children who have spent only a few years on this Earth are faced with this challenging situation and I’m sure this is gonna stay in their mind for long. Here’s to thank and applaud to all the kids, children, and growing generation who happily enjoyed #pandemiclockdown2020 and supported #stayhomestaysafe.
Never before Fun
Alongside, My living room no more existed as it was turned into a playroom, and I happily welcomed all toys, board games, blocks, guns, chess, even football.
For me, I will say the young generation is the one who taught us to be calm, patient, happy, and satisfied in whatever they were served in the platter. They really co-operated, adjusted, and lived it fully. Days were not easy to keep kids insides. My M&M candies are super active kids. I have a hyperactive black belt and another full-on Running lover. Initial days were cool, then temperatures turned warm to hot when I was just a referee in their fights and they use to just run on every possible thing in the house. From even hotter days they learned to adjust and now again its back to cool. I really thank them and all the kids for helping parents in every possible way.
We ate together, we cooked together, we read and even sketched together. We baked together and even laughed together. They even helped me with laundry as they learned the little washing skills along with basic cooking too.
I’m surprised how they never cribbed staying insides, not able to go to the park, or meet friends. I seriously still am looking for answers to what exactly goes inside their mini heads.
Here’s my small poem attempted for the fun times I enjoyed with my Kids
Together we sailed the boat
we cooked and baked
even created crafts to take,
we enjoyed movies and shows.
and laughed at crazy cartoons
we bought a lion and bear in the rooms,
I didn’t hesitate to play dark rooms.
we woke up late, we slept with owls
together we prepared silly meals,
and drew and went head over heels.
we made some crazier arts hereabout,
Uniforms were IN and storms were OUT.
My living room welcomed chess, monopoly and all board games,
UNO and playing cards came riding on a wibbly-wobbly train.
Ouch did I say when the tiny lego came in my way,
but we kept happily arranging the Zenga to pass the day.
Aprons were out and so were the chef hats
Chopping, cleaning, laying, cooking I had mini assistants for that.
Make them feel its normal
Equally important, Gen Y is never going to forget these times, learnings, experiences, and growing up in the Lockdown phase. I’m sometimes amused when I hear their views on the present state. They might be thinking about what this generation is going to give the coming future generation as a gift of life.
They are observing and experiencing this change and sure are learning some valuable lessons for life. Discourage Corona negative talks and share only the positives as much as we can. No point discussing the daily increasing numbers to them as they are too small to face these challenges. Above all, Make yourself available to them as much as you can. Just spread love, share fun times, have together times with them. Watch movies with them, laugh at all silly jokes with them, cuddle little more and build a strong bond with them when you can see them 24 hours in front of your eyes.
At the present time, we stand at lockdown 5.0. We have learned a lot in all this and every individual tried his/ her own ways to cope with this. Trains, flights, and normalcy seem to have returned but this is for sure it’s not the old normal its a new normal we are seeing and adjusting now.
In the end, when we all were not locked inside during this lockdown, there were many who had to go to work be it whatever the situation. The doctors, nurses, medical staff, police and defense services, the FMCG providers, and endless such people stood there to make it happen to ease our lockdown each and every day. My gratitude to all of them.
To sum up, we learned to survive and live in lockdown.
My learnings which I even shared and lived with my kids are –
- First and foremost wash hands whenever and wherever possible
- Cover yourself, wear a mask
- Go free hands, travel with fewer essentials.
- Use more of digital cash GPay or Paytm etc.
- Utilize the available resources at home
- Buy only what you need and don’t buy unnecessarily.
- Use water properly without wastage. The rinsing water can be used for porch cleaning etc.
- Food be made only how much is needed and
- If leftover they were also used properly for innovative breakfasts.
- Utilization of available things, clothes, and resources.
- Sustainability in daily living
- Reduce wastage of any or every kind
- Eat locally grown food.
- Shop and support local farmers and providers.
- Eat home-cooked and hygienic meals
- Boost your immunity by peeping inside with little yoga time.
- The least we can do along with our family and self-care is to help someone in need. Many people came forward to help the needy in whatever possible ways.
- With the new normal try and support local business and help daily wage workers to stand on their feet. Imagine they are not able to afford the bare necessities. A human effort to cope with this pandemic is needed.
find new ways
cope and accept
that’s the only way
to live and let live
With the new normal
This post is part of my WoW MoM musings and linking it with The Blog train THE PANDEMIC THAT CHANGED OUR LIFE UPSIDE DOWN initiated by Ila Varma to bring the bloggers together to share numerous experiences of #pandemiclockdown2020. To take ahead the baton let’s see what Abhijit has to share about his experience during the pandemic lockdown.