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Calming emotionally agitated children amid COVID-19 quarantine

  • Sebastian Partogi

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 3 2020   /  09:02 am
There, there: During the COVID-19 pandemic, children may find it especially tough to adjust to all the changes happening around them. When children get upset, it is important for parents to remain calm while helping them deal with their emotions. (Shutterstock/StudioRomantic)

The COVID-19 pandemic can be especially distressing among young children. “Having to adapt to these new circumstances, with the online studying system and deprivation of playtime outside the house, can be tough for young children. Parents who are also stressed out juggling various work-from-home and domestic work demands might not be emotionally available or sensitive for their children’s needs all the time,” children’s clinical psychologist Kantiana Taslim, who works for psychological consultancy company Personal Growth, told The Jakarta Post over the phone. “Because of this, some children can become extra-cranky; or lose interest in things which previously brought them joy. Some children have no idea what to do to occupy their time any longer due to the tedium of prolonged quarantine. Some children have become more emotionally dependent and...