It’s not an overstatement to say the COVID-19 pandemic has brought huge changes to our lives. Not only have we lost loved ones and faced unprecedented challenges, the outbreak has taken our lives out of our hands – changing the way we work, socialise and go about our daily lives. Unsurprisingly, it has had a significant impact on our confidence and self-esteem too.
The COVID-19 shocked the pillars of our children’s lives. Faced with quarantine, school closures, and social distancing, many children were deprived of the everyday experiences that normally build their self-esteem — their sense of worth as individuals. Self-esteem is a critical ingredient of children’s mental health, and it grows when they feel accepted and when they feel successful. Children with higher self-esteem tend to have happier lives, better relationships, and fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression.
For some parents, it was a dual challenge – managing themselves and that of their children. Whilst building confidence and self-esteem is one of the most important things that parents can do for themselves and their children, the Covid-19 pandemic brought in heightened challenges. During this workshop, parent and children shared their experiences, and how the pandemic impacted on their mental health and that of their children.
A huge thanks to all parents and children who took part, and for sharing their experiences with us – it offered a perfect medium for shared learning, building relationships and increase connectivity. It also offered the perfect platform to build our self esteem and confidence. With the useful tips and lessons learnt, we’re glad to say that everyone felt the session will go a long way to help them cope better with their daily challenges and with somewhat help their lives return to some sort of normalcy.