At present we are hearing about many different presentations and difficulties experienced by children and families as they move from the lock down stage to a stage that involves increased socialisation.
What we have just been through in the last year is unprecedented and we have never experienced a world before where children have been forced to stay at home, away from school and only spend time with those living in their home. There have been some positives reported from this period but also many challenges and moving into the next phase, although welcomed also brings a new set of challenges.
Parents are reporting a number of problems as they move from lock down to a stage of increased socialisation such as children presenting as unusually shy, clingy or unable to speak in the company of others. Children refusing to leave the house or their family. Being behavioural when with other people, becoming very emotional or tearful and/or presenting as extremely tried and cranky. We have no research to work off/no norm to go by to look at how children should be acting, as this situation is so new, but there is nothing surprising about any of these reactions. Children have been unable to interact for many months and although excited about moving forward now, it is likely challenging, confusing and overwhelming.
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