Do you know that kid who is always bouncing off the walls and has trouble sitting still? That’s your extroverted child. Extroverts get their energy from the outside world, so when they “come home” after a day of virtual learning, you need to provide them with some extra TLC to channel all of that pent of energy. Here are 4 things you can help them with to keep them in a good place during these weird, weird times.
#1: A break from screens (OMG WHAT!?!)
If your child is exhausted after a long day of virtual schoolwork, try to persuade him or her to experiment with something different: the great outdoors! Take them to a park or have a picnic in the backyard. If you reside in an area where it’s currently extremely cold or hot, consider what creative activities you can do indoors like an obstacle course or a tent maze. Moving their bodies will help them burn off that pent-up energy from sitting at a screen all day!
#2: Have them keep a nightly journal
After it’s “lights out” and everyone is home for bed, consider encouraging your child to journal about their day. This will help him/her process what happened that day and express themselves in an abstract way (which can be hard when they’re still trying to grasp all of these new routines and ways of doing things!)
#3: Take care of yourself
Remember that you’re not just caring for the child who is struggling to adapt, but also your other kids and yourself. If you are regulated, chances are you will be able to help regulate your child more effectively in challenging times. Get some exercise throughout the week, indulge in a hobby outside of motherhood (or fatherhood!), and make sure to drink lots of water. Water is mucho importanto.
#4: Check-in with the Mood Meter
If your child is struggling with all the craziness happening in the world, it’s important to frequently make space to check in with them and see how they are feeling. Grab a feelings chart on amazon or try our new Mood Meter system! It gives families a framework to self-assess and gives kids permission to talk about how they feel, as a regular part of family life. Just gather around the table for dinner and ask “what number are you on?”.