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Rachel Harow: How to Keep Your Kids Positive

It’s important to focus on the triumphs your family makes rather than the mistakes. Children are bound to be testing at times, it’s their job. Being a patient parent is something that takes time to acquire but is a necessary skill for raising children. Rachel Harow, an outstanding mother, has been put through many tests and nevertheless, still keeps the hope for her children high. During the pandemic, many may feel lost or disconnected. Kids, more than anyone, are bound to have questions about why they must stay home and why. For younger children, wearing a mask will become something they are taught to do as soon as they step into a school. The educational environment is doing its best to adapt to the given circumstances. Harrow recommends a few ways to keep the spirits of your loved ones high during the pandemic. 

Rachel enjoys spending some time on Pinterest. This app allows her to be much more creative and lucrative with her decision making. There is an infinite amount of activities she has gathered from the app that her children find pleasure in doing. Art and crafts are a great way to distract young ones from the harsh realities of the world. Whether it’s creating slime, coloring their favorite animated characters, or baking sweet treats, it’s bound to help children feel more at ease. Harow also suggests that taking time away from electronics is very important for the development of young children. With schools taking incentives to remain online, kids get about eight hours of screen time a day. That’s so much! Harow tries to focus the attention of her children on something that doesn’t involve screens so that their eyes can catch a break. Creating slime is a way for them to get their hands dirty and away from devices.

Many people undervalue how important it is to notice how a child expresses themselves. By throwing tantrums or crying episodes, it may be a sign they are in some form of turmoil. Having kids journal about their thoughts or communicate how they are feeling at any given moment is highly recommended. Harow uses a technique that almost tricks them into expressing their emotions. By giving each child a little piece of paper, Rachel tells her children to draw a face. By face, she means simile, frowny, or angry. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter what the draw is because there are endless emotions they could be feeling. According to Corporation Wiki, Rachel has used this technique for years and recommended it to all her friends. 

Moreover, if a child draws a frowny face they are more inclined to talk about how they are feeling. The fact they are willing to collaborate on what their true feelings are is paramount. Some children would just draw a smiley face even if they were truly sad. Thus, that’s why there is much more opportunity to help a child who admits to sadness than not. Harow would pull her child aside if they ever presented a sad face, and talk to them one on one. She would ask them if something happened with their siblings, friends, or something online. As the virtual world grows, it’s important to remember how prominent cyberbullying is. Almost 90% of people have been cyberbullied in some way, shape, or form.  Of course, if a child is ever being harassed or bullied it’s up to the parents and peers to fix the issue. It is a difficult task to be an educator, especially online. Bullying can happen on any platform and in many ways. That’s why it’s crucial to do research about an institution before sending a child there. Katz Hillel Day School is a great example of a school dedicated to ensuring all children are happy. It allows students to be transparent about any issues they might have and ensures a positive outlook on any problems. Harow enjoys being part of the team there because of how positive they are about social change and community incentives. Keeping kids happy is a parent first job. Although it may not be easy, once a child grows up, they will be thankful for the bond they have with you and the help you’ve given them to flourish.