Friday, December 9

How city kids are coping with vacations amid the lockdown

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As the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic forces city kids to spend yet another summer vacation in a lockdown, it has created new challenges for parents who were already struggling to keep their kids engaged and happy. We spoke to a few children about how they are spending their summer vacation and their mothers about how they are helping their kids sail through these tough times. Let’s hear it from them.WHAT THE KIDS HAVE TO SAY

‘IT’S BETTER TO ATTEND CLASSES ONLINE THAN HAVING NOTHING TO DO’
I used to love summer vacations but it has been really boring for the past one year. It’s better to attend classes online than having nothing to do. After studying either my grandmother reads out stories to me or I play with my pet dog, Spot. That apart I have my online piano classes every alternate day. I also practise dancing every evening on my terrace. Adolina Chakrabarty, Class IV, DPS Ruby Park

‘I DON’T WANT HOLIDAYS, WANT TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL’
I miss travelling during my summer vacations. I haven’t met my friends or played with them on the school ground for so long. I don’t want summer holidays; I want to go back to school. The whole day I have nothing much to do. So, either I study or watch cartoon shows. In the evening I play with my father on the terrace. At times, I also call my friends to chat.

— Ayushmaan Mukherjee, Class III, Indus Valley World School

‘I REALLY MISS TRAVELLING DURING THE SUMMER VACATIONS’

My little sister, Saanjh, is eight months old and after completing my holiday homework and studies, I play with her. I also play indoor games with my mother and help her with gardening. My mother also taught me how to make sandwiches. At times, I attend singing, dancing or poetry classes online. We were supposed to visit Germany to meet Tink (my mom’s sister) but everything got cancelled because of the pandemic. I really miss travelling during the summer vacations.

— Adwitiya Mitra, Class II, Modern High School for Girls

‘I LOVE TO DRAW & COLOUR, SO I’M MOSTLY BUSY DOING THAT’

I’m not studying much this summer vacation. Last year, I thought we’ll be able to go on a vacation this year, but my parents had to cancel everything because of the pandemic. I love to draw and colour, so I’m mostly busy doing that. I also play ludo with my grandmother. I like playing video games too but ma doesn’t allow me to play much. Ma has asked me to water the plants during the vacation, so I do that too.

— Shreeansh Sarkar, Class II, The Future Foundation School

‘I MISS GOING TO MY FRIENDS’ BIRTHDAY PARTIES’

I’m not studying now as I’m enjoying my summer holidays. I do miss playing with my school friends or going to their birthday parties because of this lockdown. I play with dolls and my mother has taught me how to make dresses for them, so I’m busy doing that. All my dolls have nice dresses now. I also love to do exercise with my father in the evening. I also draw a lot and help my mother in cooking and in decorating the dishes.

— Kaira Surana, Class I, Loreto House

WHAT THEIR PARENTS HAVE TO SAY

‘I MAKE IT A POINT THAT ADOLINA IS MORE INTO PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES’
It’s becoming really difficult to keep my daughter busy during the summer break. She often has mood swings. I try to give her company as much as possible so that she doesn’t feel bored. But the fact that children can’t enjoy their summer break even this year is taking a toll on them. I make it a point that Adolina is more into physical activities.

— Dipanwita Das Chakraborty, Adolina’s mother and a homemaker

‘TO KEEP AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD LOCKED AT HOME IS NOT EASY’
To keep an eight-year-old boy literally locked at home all day is not easy and that too during his summer vacation. My son loves to play cricket and football but there is no way that he can do that with his friends now. So, Ayushmaan’s father makes it a point to play with him every day on the terrace. I try to watch children’s films with him so that he doesn’t feel bored.

— Pritha Mukherjee, homemaker and Ayushmaan’s mother

‘EVERY EVENING, WE MAKE IT A POINT TO PLAY AND DANCE ON THE TERRACE’I couldn’t do a lot of physical activities with my daughter during her summer vacation last year as I was pregnant. But this year, we are doing a lot of physical activities together to keep her occupied during her holidays. Every evening, we make it a point to play and dance on the terrace. I also made her learn how to make garlands, sandwiches and plant seeds this holiday. Adwitiya is not getting bored this time, as she is busy looking after her eight-month-old sister.

— Ananya Bhowmik, clinical nutritionist and Adwitiya’s mother

‘I’M WITH SHREEANSH 24X7 SO THAT HE’S NOT BORED’
I’m with Shreeansh 24×7 so that he doesn’t feel bored this summer vacation. Before this break, he’d be busy with his online classes but now, as he’s free the whole day and I have to be with him. His tantrums too have increased now, and I understand what he is going through mentally. There are times when he is hell-bent on going out to play with his friends, but I have to make him understand that this is not the right time.

— Shreetanu Sarkar, businesswoman and Shreeansh’s mother

‘WE NEED TO CHANNELISE A CHILD’S ENERGY’
The role of the parents has become all the more challenging these summer holidays. They have ensured that their child’s energy is channelised constructively. It’s very important for them to take part in activities enjoyable for both. I keep Kaira busy by involving her in household work. We also keep each other entertained by dancing, playing the keyboard and singing.

— Jessica Gomes Surana, principal, Loreto Convent Entally, and Kaira’s mother

Source: Times of India

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