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The following is a father’s take on how his 2.5 yr old is coping with the COVID-19 lockdown.
The lockdown’s been the hardest for kids – The schools are closed, parks are shut and activity centres are not functional.
There are days when my daughter looks at her school bag and says, ‘I want to go to school!’. She slides down the pillow pretending as if it was an actual slide. Sometimes I catch her sitting by the window counting birds perched up on trees. While watching her cartoon shows, she suddenly remembers about her friends from school. She gets excited to see a familiar face on a video chat wondering why is it that she can’t meet them in person. On random days, she will wear her shoes, hold my hands and ask me to take her down for a walk which I obviously can’t. And the heartbreak that follows after. You can see it in her eyes.
Staying locked up in a home 24×7 isn’t easy. And she’s been in a lockdown longer than I have been because we stopped taking her out when the COVID-19 threat got real. There are days when she gets agitated, howls uncontrollably. Because her mind is dealing with this situation on another level. So, she starts colouring the walls and frankly we let her. It’s her way to vent out.
She is just a 2.5 yr old kid after all. She forgets and moves on. Dances to songs, eats her french fries, watches her cartoons, sings her nursery rhymes. The situation for her resumes normalcy while parents like us cling on to hope that one day it will be safe for the kids to go out again and have a normal life.
Until then, we got to do our best and keep them entertained at home…
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