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  • Can You Relate? 4 Challenges Moms Face When Kids Are Restless At Home

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Can You Relate? 4 Challenges Moms Face When Kids Are Restless At Home
PHOTO BY Bianca Cordova
  • Kids are becoming more restless as they continue to weather this health crisis at home. And this has become more apparent this year.

    As a result, you may have observed certain changes in your kids’ behavior that are becoming more and more of a challenge. This, despite countless attempts from all-in-one nanays like you to make their daily life as normal as possible.

    From not-so-good eating habits to increased screen time, here are some of the challenges moms face when it comes to their children’s daily habits during the lockdown — as well as practical ways to deal with them:

    1. Kids are not eating on time and are snacking more than usual

    During face-to-face classes, kids follow a consistent schedule for mealtimes. But now that they’re learning from home, they have more leeway to eat whenever they want — and whatever they want.

    As a mom, you know that this isn’t ideal. Children need to eat nutritious, balanced meals every day to stay healthy and energetic — and mom Bianca Cordova knew this all too well.

    One of her main concerns during the lockdown was that her daughter, 6-year-old Alex, started to binge on snacks. It didn’t help that Bianca was worrying about budget and food availability during this time, too.

    That’s why it’s important for moms to make smart choices, searching for products that are not only nutritious but sulit as well.

    One of Bianca’s go-tos is Dutch Mill, an all-in-one drink that has fresh milk, cultured yoghurt, and real fruit juice. Dutch Mill helps boost kids' immunity and provides them with brain and body sigla support nutrients with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle

    Watch Bianca explain her tips in this video.

    2. Kids are struggling with boredom

    Children may be running out of ways to keep themselves entertained and occupied — especially at a time when they’re used to playing under the sun or going on out-of-town trips with the family.

    For a start, parents need to understand that boredom in kids is an opportunity to help them discover new hobbies. If you see kids getting restless and unmotivated, encourage them to keep their hands busy by creating arts and crafts, doing simple chores, or, like Bianca did with Alex, by making fruity cereal pops using Dutch Mill!

    Photo by Bianca Cordova.

    Also, consider doing a long-term joint project, like tending to a mini garden. This way, kids will have something to look forward to and you also get to bond with them!

    3. Kids are using their gadgets ALL DAY

    This is a given these days, especially when there’s little to no chance for non-essential outdoor activities.

    Try to manage your kids’ screen time. On days when gadget use is unavoidable, set an alarm every 20 minutes to remind kids to look away from the screen for at least 20 seconds. Also, make sure that screens are 18 to 24 inches away from their faces.

    Another tip is to have a schedule. Set specific hours for screen time per day. To make this work, remember to clearly explain your reasons for doing so. It may also be a good idea to practice this yourself. Be a good role model by letting your kids see you having downtime away from your own devices.

    4. Kids long for the company of their friends

    While they do have you and the entire family to keep them company, chances are, your kids miss spending time with their friends. Take note that this lack of peer interaction may affect how children will socialize and communicate with other people once the pandemic is over.

    Scheduling regular virtual playdates with their friends or cousins is one way to help kids socialize. Another tip is to do online extra-curricular classes together, like a piano class.

    Photo by Bianca Cordova.

    On days when this isn’t possible, moms can make up for this lack of social interaction by doing activities that help build kids’ social skills. These will teach them to manage their emotions, understand social cues, make compromises, and more.

    Photo by Bianca Cordova.

    With the pandemic affecting kids’ behavior in so many ways, moms need to be alert and informed about how to deal with these changes.

    Like Bianca, make sure that what you choose to do about these challenges serves you and your kids best. At the end of that day, wanting and doing what's best for your child is what being an all-in-one nanay is all about.

    Dutch Mill is available in supermarkets and grocery stores nationwide. For more information, follow Dutch Mill Philippines on Facebook.


This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with Monde Nissin.