SINGAPORE – Once upon a time, Children’s Day was a joyous celebration of childhood in Singapore, a day to treasure the innocence and exuberance of little ones. Children’s Day on Friday, though, marks eight months of the toughest and strangest year for kids. They have had to grow up suddenly in the shadow of the pandemic, often with parents who were as scared and confused as they were. “I felt kind of trapped in a cage because we were just locked into this house for 12, 13 hours a day, and we could only go outside for a short time,” recalls Yaash Kirpalani, 11, of the circuit breaker. Over the months, however, tantrums transformed into habit as kids learnt to wear masks every day, trepidation over Home-Based Learning (HBL) woes evolved into baby steps towards independent learning, and misery over social isolation changed to acceptance as they found new ways to connect. The Straits Times takes a look at how the Covid-19 crisis has shaped childhood in Singapore so far this year. 1. THE PANDEMIC AFFECTED KIDS PHYSICALLY… “Any major disaster or unfortunate event may have traumatic effects on children,” says Dr Chan Poh Chong, head and senior consultant in… Read full this story
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