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Children locked indoors for safety are much pained by the absolute deprivation of nature and companionship of other children of the same age. The impact on the mind of these children is pretty serious.
Trauma of the childen locked indoors
Children are the young members of the societal setup. As adults, integrating these young and curious members into the society is of prime importance. Integration means that they physically come into contact with the environment in the first place and gain the requisite skill of identifying the entities of the start appreciating it.
Nature deprivation due to pandemic
Alas! The pandemic has just changed the way the children should grow up. Separated from nature, the breeze, the plants, the grass, the flowers, streams, dew drops, the children are forced indoors and made to grow up without those precious experiences. This painfully depriving experience is not due to the recent pandemic whereby the parents want to protect their children but had been there even before the pandemic set in. Parents wanted their children indoors to protect them from ever increasing pollution and crime in urban spaces.
Missing out on the benefits of old fashioned upbringing
Sadly, protecting the children by locking them indoors has the potential to do more harm than good in the long run. Small children miss out on the various activities that are necessary to develop their motor skills and social communication. It would be prudent to check on simple activities and the benefits that could bring to the child had they been brought up in the old fashioned way.
Mud play makes the children happy and boosts creativity
Playing in the mud is liked by all small children. It is also recommended by psychologists as such activities are of great use for child development. The dirt boots the immunity of the children. The bacteria in the mud emits a sweet smell that is influences the secretion of an important brain chemical serotonin which in turn gives the child a happy mood.
The happy mood encourages the child to be more interactive with mud as well as with others. Being creative with mud is one of the best outcomes of the mud play. Creating mud houses, animals, or some shapes of abstract nature will surely boost the motor and creative skills of the child.
Garden is the little beautiful world of the children
Apart from mud play, letting the children in the garden for appreciating nature, is an ideal way of educating them about nature itself. The children love open spaces where they can touch the plants, see the colors of flowers, chase the butterflies and when they trip and fall on the moist ground, they enjoy the sweet smell of the soil.
Gardening teaches action and outcome
Encouraging the children to dig dirt in a designated area of measured length will lead to excitement and exhaustion. However, this will make their muscles strong and further develop the motor skills. Giving them seeds to plant and watering the newly dug up bed will teach them about the caring for nature. They are taught that new samplings will sprout in a couple of days and those will become plants and will bear flowers and fruits. This will teach them about action and outcome apart from team work and being proud about achievements.
Nature is therapeutic for the child's mind
It has been found that children exposed to nature have soothing effect on their minds. It helps them to concentrate in their studies and learn faster.
Hide and seek makes the personal bonds stronger
The game of hide and seek is another activity that engages a group of children in the garden or in the backyard of a house. This fosters camaraderie and adventure and cultivates investigative instincts. The fun of getting lost and being found by someone close is of special joy that can’t be explained in easy words.
Confining the children make them bored and restless
Locking up children indoors and depriving them of the companionship of other children or other adults like teachers and neighbors leaves them isolated and distraught. Getting bored at home, they get engage in mischievous acts and get rebellious. Parents find a way to escape the tantrums of their children: video games, cartoons and movies.
Movies and commercials are addictive
Cartoons are entertaining and sometimes educational but watching those for extended period of time can be boring. Older children get addicted to movies and which are full of sex and violence. These channels are full of commercials that entice the children to force their parents to buy products that encourage reckless consumption from an early age.
Video games isolate the children in a virtual world
Video games are addictive and extended period of games can lead to stress. The stress is manifested in violent behavior in words and action with other children and adults. Children with heavy gaming habit are very rebellious and have poor interpersonal skills.
Search for an alternative
The best alternative could have been for children who needed confinement for any reason like pandemic or being residents of a dangerous neighborhood could be books, puzzles, painting or origami. These could be the options that would not be a substitute the outdoor activities but certainly mind stimulating.
Good books are inspiring, promotes imagination; painting promotes creativity and motor skills and puzzles promote intellectual development. Origami is an low cost high impact pastime that involves paper folding which is very decorative and ideal for motor skills development.
A mix of options that is neither draconian nor much diluted
It is up to the parents and the educators to decide what kind of environment they should create for the children to learn the skills of survival as they grow. It is best to create a mix of outdoor and indoor activities that would make the children less vulnerable to diseases, pollution, crime and boredom.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2021 JAYANTA DAS
Little hands caring for plants
JAYANTA DAS (author) from Kolkata on March 16, 2021:
Indeed, we need to
Muhammad Faisal from Faisalabad, Pakistan on March 16, 2021:
good concept to discuss.