Activities That Will Ease Young People’s Minds During the Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic was hard on adults? We worry about our jobs, the loans we have to pay, the future of our business, the health of our families, and so much more. Young adults were also especially hit hard. Teenagers off to college suddenly have to stay home and watch time pass them by. You know how these kids are energized by their youth and positivity. How do you feel watching them stay at home and find things that will take their minds off their worries?
Talk to your kids. Though they’re older now, they still worry about the same things. Ask them if they want to take special classes such as guitar lessons to take their minds off their uncertain futures. Never underestimate how they’re feeling. A lot of parents think that it’s their kids’ dream come true not to have to go to school. But not going to school also means they won’t socialize with their friends. These young adults are intrinsically connected with their friends. Imagine how much they’re suffering by not being able to go out, do their usual activities, and socialize with their peers.
They say that these young adults are more socially aware than the generations before them. Because of their access to massive information on the internet, they have more realizations about the privileges of different social classes. They know that being able to access the internet is not a given to many communities in far-flung areas. They are also well-traveled and well-read.
It is easier to convince them to volunteer; to give a bit of their time to help those in need. There are plenty of opportunities for that right now. They can volunteer in the community center where they can lead a group of like-minded peers to open a soup kitchen. They can babysit for health care workers. They can volunteer in pet shelters. They can help older people and immunocompromised individuals to pick up their groceries and medicines.
Let Them Lead a Donation Drive
Your kids are off to college soon. They won’t need half of their things. They’ll leave many of their clothes and accessories behind. Encourage them to donate these instead of them gathering dust in their closets. You can help them sort out their clothes. Find a charitable organization that you can donate to. They can also hold a garage sale and donate the funds raised to an organization that directly helps those who were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Or, if they want to do something for the community, support them by donating some unneeded things around the house. If they are trying to raise funds with their friends for a soup kitchen, show how much you admire their initiative by offering to drive for them or donating to their cause. It is exciting to see how your kids are growing up to be responsible members of society.
Teach Them Some Recipes
Since they’re off to college soon, what better skill for them to learn than to whip up some home recipes? Even though they tease you about cooking meatloaf every weekend, they’ll most probably miss your recipe when they are living in a dorm. Teach them how to make these dishes especially if they plan to live in an apartment with their friends. They’ll have to take turns in the kitchen. It’ll help if they can whip something up from time to time.
Give Them Tips About Organization
Again, you’re preparing these young adults for the future. They won’t survive such a dog-eat-dog world if they don’t know how to organize their things and their time. This is the best time to teach them how to manage their time well. Aside from that, teach them how to organize their things, too. They’ll be such a nuisance to their college roommates if they think you’ll magically appear there to fix their room. These are survival skills that you are teaching them.
Let Them Be
There is no rule in this invisible pandemic handbook that tells these young adults they should learn something while in isolation and quarantine. If you see that your kids are handling being quarantined well enough, then let them be. Trust that they’re making sound decisions for themselves. If they are trying to learn how to play the piano by themselves, then let them be. It’s a process they have to take themselves. They will ask for help if they need it. Allow them to discover themselves during this time.
Young people need to take the cudgels of leadership today. You may not need to help your kids these days. They are actually well-organized. They speak up about causes that are close to their hearts. They move. They act. If anything, adults can do well by learning from these young people.
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