Dr Tin Herawati Mentions Parent Child Interaction Will Increase Family Harmony During COVID-19

Families are the first and main institution in teaching, protecting and taking care of children, be it boys or girls according to family values, society’s norms and religion. The family is the first social body to introduce good behavior.

The abilities of families to control individuals continuously, is a social power that cannot be found elsewhere. The emergence of family issues during the pandemic, such as divorce, child marriage, and mental health problems in children, as well as the increasing appearance of terrorism by youth, family science experts then always connects it with the question “What is the role and function of families currently?”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, families are facing always changing conditions in education, economy, health and other sectors. These circumstances affect the lives of all family members. Changes in family life bring out the instability of roles and function of families during the pandemic. The effect is not only felt by parents but also children, especially teens.

Online school programs and the cancellation of events resulted in children lose a big moment of their life and daily moments such as interaction with friends and school participation. Results of United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) research shows that children’s lives are deeply impacted by the COVID-10 pandemic, and this results in anxiety, isolation and disappointment.

The effects of COVID-19 are felt widely by vulnerable kids and families, making their life harder than it already is. Research results show that during the pandemic, children get bored in living life and are lonely more often. The issue faced by children in the pandemic triggered the state of an all time low in children mental health, which will endanger future human resources.

According to Dr Tin Herawati, Department Head of Family and Consumer Science, Faculty of Human Ecology (Fema) IPB University, one of the efforts to reduce this issue is to increase parent child interaction, supervision and support for the child during the pandemic. The research results show good parent child interaction help the children to develop toughness to overcome vulnerabilities, this is why the function of parents are important to give support, supervision and good communication to children.

Parents’ interaction towards children also requires warmth, motivation, care, and help from them. “If all these are done, the child will feel like they’re paid attention to, and feel appreciated, creating better personalities,” said Dr Tin.

Knowing that, it’s mandatory that parents become friends who children can trust to share stories, and do activities together so they can feel more comfortable at home.

In reality, the COVID-19 pandemic shook the economies of family which forces parents to work even harder to maintain adequate living standards. This became a reason why children felt unnoticed and supervision feels lacking, especially in teens. Teens are vulnerable because they’re in the middle of no longer being easily controllable children but also aren’t adults that can take care of themselves.

In the process of development that’s very confusing, teenagers need attention, support and help from their loved ones and people closest to them, especially parents and family. Parents should be the first place where children share their stories, they need to be the first people that know the issues their children are facing and be the first to give advice and be the solution to their problems. The economic function in family is important, but parents cannot ignore other functions in the family, such as love, protection and socialization given to their children. (*/RA) (IAAS/RCM)

Published Date : 05-Apr-2021

Resource Person : Dr Tin Herawati

Keyword : family education, child education, Department of Family and Consumer Science IPB, COVID-19 impacts to children