A kids’s charity has shared ten tips about how kids and households can nonetheless get pleasure from Eid-ul-Fitr regardless of the pandemic.
With this being the third Eid in the course of the world Coronavirus pandemic and Psychological Well being Consciousness Week, Barnado’s mentioned they needed to share methods households and kids can benefit from the festivities and in addition assist their kids’s psychological well being.
Barnardo’s Chief Government Javed Khan mentioned: “The previous 12 months has been extraordinarily troublesome for youngsters, as they wrestle to cope with the after-effects of loss and bereavement, lockdowns, school-closures and household breakdowns. We all know Muslim communities together with different minority teams have confronted particularly excessive ranges of loss of life and severe sickness.
“This Eid, many Muslim kids could also be feeling remoted, confused and even indignant after they’re unable to have fun as a neighborhood like they used to. We’ve put collectively some suggestions and recommendation from our kids’s psychological well being consultants that may provide help to create a joyous Eid to your kids inside the present coronavirus tips.
“We even have consultants who’re geared up to cope with kids’s complicated feelings throughout this time, and we encourage you to make use of those providers in order that your kids are in a position to speak by their issues and emotions, and discover ways to cope.”
1. Placing up decorations collectively
Whether or not you determine to make them or purchase them, creating a practice of placing up Eid decorations collectively will turn out to be one thing your kids will sit up for yearly. You should buy Eid decorations on-line on Etsy, Ebay, Amazon and from unbiased sellers on Instagram and Fb, or you can also make your individual cut-outs of stars and moons which kids will love participating in. Arts and craft can present leisure, distraction and absorption for youngsters, and is massively helpful for his or her psychological well being.
2. Cooking, baking and consuming collectively
Cooking is an effective way to carry the household collectively; each previous and current in the event you comply with outdated household recipes. It’s additionally a relaxing exercise for youngsters, because it requires them to give attention to a selected job and use their cognitive abilities. Cooking recipes from family members who’ve handed away can be a great way to recollect individuals we’ve misplaced.
3. Making Eid playing cards
It is a good exercise for youngsters as not solely is the humanities and crafts ingredient soothing, however it could additionally assist them really feel related to the family and friends they received’t be capable to see on Eid. They’ll additionally categorical their emotions by drawings and writing.
4. Dressing up
Carrying your greatest garments on Eid was a practice of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and carrying one thing particular is an effective way to separate a celebratory day from a daily day. If funds are strained, you may all the time search for bargains in a Barnardo’s charity store or simply put on one thing good you haven’t worn shortly.
5. Giving one another presents
Giving presents was one other sunnah (custom) of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). These don’t should be costly and will be home made as effectively. Youngsters love to present and obtain presents and it’s an effective way to have fun and keep in mind family members.
6. Spending time open air
Spending time outdoors, in contemporary air and with nature can do wonders for individual’s psychological well being and well-being. Even in case you have no grand plans for Eid, simply taking the youngsters for a stroll within the park can enhance their temper, their stress or anger ranges and assist them really feel relaxed.
7. Assembly up with family and friends outdoors
The present rule is you can meet up outdoors in teams of six (or two households) whereas sustaining social distancing. This contains personal gardens, so if your loved ones is sufficiently small, you may invite associates over and your kids can see them and play collectively. It’s actually necessary for youngsters to spend time with their associates, not only for enjoyable, however for his or her psychological well being.
8. Collaborating in group celebrations on-line
If you happen to’re unable to satisfy up outdoors along with your family members, you may organise a gaggle celebration on-line. It is a nice method to see your family and friends from the protection of your own home and can assist your kids really feel related with the surface world.
9. Enjoying household video games
This may be performed as a household in actual life, or on-line with the broader household. Enjoying board video games collectively helps your kids develop a variety of abilities like drawback fixing, quantity and letter recognition, and extra complicated calculations. It’s additionally an effective way to bond with the household.
10. Speaking with one another
It’s necessary to understand that your kids could be experiencing a variety of feelings after such a turbulent and complicated 12 months, and they may not even really feel like celebrating. This may manifest in several methods, from being withdrawn to displaying anger and frustration. It’s necessary you talk along with your little one and ask them how they’re feeling. You can too search skilled assist in the event you really feel your little one will profit from chatting with an expert about their emotions, such because the Barnardo’s Boloh helpline.
The Boloh helpline quantity is 08001 512605 or click here to make use of the webchat facility.
The helpline is open from Monday to Friday between 10am and 8pm and on weekends between 10am and 3pm.