The entire world has experienced a shutdown due to the pandemic. While some areas are starting to reopen and get life back to a new level of normal, other places are still under stay at home orders. Many parents have been furloughed or lost their job due to businesses shutting down.
The world we’ve been living since last spring doesn’t look familiar. Many parents have been stuck home with their children full time for over six months and while some are ready to return to some level of normalcy, others have embraced the positives that arrived during the pandemic shutdown.
It seems that the pandemic has helped bring back the priority of family bonding. Most adults have started to develop a pattern of behavior that led to a busy lifestyle. This busy lifestyle kept families from pausing to enjoy the simple things, such as spending quality time with their kids.
Today we’ll share some of the ways the pandemic helped bring back the priority of family bonding.
Scared For Your Life
With the pandemic shutdown came the feelings of anxiety and fear. Fear that you don’t know what will happen one day to the next. Fear that you may catch the virus and not make it through. These feelings helped parents pause and enjoy each moment they had with their family while stuck at home. More parents were helping with remote learning, finding creative ways to keep the kids entertained, and making the best of this scary situation.
Developed New Habits
Many parents were thrown into full-time homeschooling, or remote learning as it’s actually called. This meant that the parental roles were redefined and many had to develop new habits after spending months on end being with their kids 24/7. These new habits meant that parents, instead of teachers, were helping maintain proper education and helping their children develop necessary life skills to proceed into the next year of schooling.
With the pandemic shutdown, many parents found that their children were feeling similar to them. This ability to have relatable emotions helped with family bonding because you can bond easier with someone when you’re able to relate to a feeling. Many children were anxious, sad, and some were angry about not being able to see their friends or have a normal life. Parents were feeling the same way for different reasons, and in turn parents and children were able to find a common ground for bonding.
Plenty of Together Time
Since many parents were stuck home with their children 24/7, there was more time for parents and children to spend time together. You may have started to realize your child’s interests and passions, as well as learning about how they view the world. During this time of having plenty of time together, you were bonding with your children, without realizing it, and perhaps when you return to your new normal you’ll have a higher level of focus on the priority of family bonding.
In conclusion, the pandemic shutdown has caused major damage to many areas of life, and families certainly have paid the price. This doesn’t mean that everything that came about due to the shutdown was negative, as you can see, many families started to realize the importance of living for today. This new reality helped parents and children spend more quality time together and work on making family bonding a priority in their household.