Two psychologists and sociologists stressed the need for parents to intensify the manifestations and activities of celebrating the Eid with their children inside the homes through a set of appropriate methods and alternatives in line with the current conditions in light of the spread of Corona, with the aim of avoiding children feeling frustration, raising their morale and compensating them for participating in collective activities that have been restricted. In implementation of precautionary measures.
An expert in the development and social care sector in the Community Development Authority in Dubai, psychiatrist, Dr. Hussein Al Masih, told «Emirates Today»: “There is a need to prepare children for the holidays a day or two before the holidays and to explain to them in simple ways about the health conditions that require celebration in different ways that are commensurate with the commitment with the application of Precautionary measures,” stressing that this does not mean canceling or mitigating the celebrations, and that parents should intensify and pay more attention to organizing events inside the home.
Al-Masih explained that clarifying ideas in a manner appropriate to the children’s ages and their ability to understand them is necessary to enable the child to accept the situation and interact positively with the parents to enjoy the atmosphere of the feast under different conditions and procedures.
He stressed adhering to the celebration and assuring the children that the expression of joy on the feast will not be canceled, or the customs and practices that they are accustomed to during the feast will not be cancelled. Stressing the importance of practicing the same habits that children are accustomed to, but with modifications that may shorten some practices or change the way of expressing them, such as greeting grandfather and grandmother and meeting them, receiving Eidiya through social media, and presenting, for example, grandparents’ Eid through parents If they live in another house.
In response to a question about how to raise the morale of children and spare them from feeling discouraged due to the restriction of outdoor activities, Christ said that the most important measure to prevent these feelings is to replace all old activities with new ones, but inside the house, all family members participate, so that children feel pleasure and emotional warmth at the same time.
He pointed out that children should practically feel that adhering to the precautionary measures never means depriving them of joy and celebration, by replacing the previous activities with others that suit the circumstances, such as if the family is accustomed to eating lunch with grandfather, or with a friendly family in a place Outside the house, that is replaced by having lunch at home, with the participation of the grandfather or that family, but through the camera through social media, spending a long time eating, and exchanging conversations so that everyone feels that they share in expressing their joy on the feast.
Christ suggested making a change in the inner home environment by creating an atmosphere of joy inside the house by placing decorations, colored lights and paintings expressing the celebration of the feast, so that children feel the atmosphere of the joy of the feast, adding the importance of the participation of all family members and children with them in placing the decorations or changing the arrangement of furniture in a certain way. To create a different atmosphere that breaks the routine.
For his part, consultant psychiatrist, Dr. Nader Yaghi, told «Emirates Today», that the idea of the necessity of implementing preventive measures for children should be brought closer by presenting a specific model in a country, which reviews in a simplified way the deterioration of health conditions as a result of not adhering to the precautionary measures, in order to convince them of the importance of commitment. By accepting the situation with satisfaction and satisfaction, as this will protect them from any health risks.
He added that all information and circumstances surrounding the spread of the disease in the world and in other countries must be clarified, with a focus on positive models that have committed to applying preventive measures, and thus faced the pandemic crisis safely and securely.
Yaghi stressed that the situation must be explained with its current conditions that prevent going out to celebrate within family and social gatherings, but after completing this introduction, we must give them hope, for example by saying that there is a great possibility that this holiday will be the last holiday in which we celebrate the presence of this restriction on festive activities Collective, and that next Eid we will be able to remove the mask, meet with friends, and return to celebrate the previous way.
He added that in this way, we put in front of them an integrated presentation of the information by making a projection of the positive future, while explaining the reality we live in by presenting a model in a country that suffers from great problems that led to a large number of deaths due to their lack of commitment to preventive measures, and to address what happened in the last period of closure. And severe restriction, while we are currently living in different, better and comfortable conditions in our country because of our application of procedures, and reaching them that the future will be much better and we will return to our normal life and celebrate as usual.
Yaghi stressed that it is not enough for parents to propose and implement innovative and new ideas to practice fun festive activities inside the home, but this matter must stem from their hearts and do it with conviction, love and enjoyment that their children feel and their parents’ happiness with their participation in playing and celebrating.
He pointed out that the parents’ behavior should not be a kind of task, but rather it should be contentment and happiness, because this is a condition for children to feel fun and warm.
Yaghi enumerated a set of old traditional activities and games, but they will be serious for children and children, such as the game “Monopoly”, or the game of choosing a letter and finding five things that follow certain life classifications whose name begins with the same letter, and other old games that children will feel happy when family members play together .
He mentioned the possibility of creating a cinematic atmosphere inside the house and the participation of the family in attending a movie, and allowing some games and motor competitions inside the house, as a replacement for outside activities that are not currently available.
Recent psychological and social studies have indicated that children feel joy when they race with the mother and father and win them in playing, suggesting that parents participate in children even in electronic games that they used to prevent them from playing a lot, because restricting the movement of children and obligating them to stay at home requires some flexibility and allowing them to exercise Some of the activities they love, but on the condition that they participate in that activity so that the house does not turn into isolated spots from each other, and thus the atmosphere of celebration and joy that requires in the first place the participation of all family members is absent.