State commission's routine for kids
The state commission for protection of child rights has published a routine for children to keep them happy during the lockdown.
Live in the “now”, be positive and stay connected with one another, is the panel’s advice. The commission has suggested a list of activities on its website and social media.
“There is a certain anxiety among children and regular activity will keep them occupied and help them counter the anxiety,” said Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti, the chairperson of West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
The commission has said that managing children is a real challenge for parents and “a planned activity is always better than an unplanned one in emergency”.'
The routine has been divided into four segments — morning, day, evening and night.
The commission has said morning activities should be light to keep the mind calm and fresh.
The day can begin with deep breathing, followed by music. This can be followed by free-hand exercise and jogging in the balcony or terrace. Children can be encouraged to prepare breakfast.
During the day, the child should engage in activity or spend time with parents or grandparents. They could practise handwriting, or do a puzzle or play a musical instrument among other things.
Evenings should be a time for family bonding, according to the commission. “Fix a time and allow the child to talk freely. Have a receptive ear.”
Children could be encouraged to play music and dance, water plants and play board games.
At night, children should be encouraged to make the bed.
“A logbook may be maintained where they can write about their feelings (anxiety, worry),” the commission has said.