#StayAtHome: Journals by children amid the COVID-19 pandemic - Blog 5

A special mini-series written by children for children

Diana & Alexandra
26 March 2020
Hello everyone! Time spent with yourself? An opportunity to learn new things? Books we never find time for, but we would very much like to read?
For each and every one of us, this period comes with multiple uncertainties and difficulties. How can we transform the frustration of having to stay at home into something positive? Here are some suggestions from Diana and Alexandra, members of the Children’s Board. 
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Personally, I see this period as an opportunity to spend time with myself. Indeed, after staying at home for several days, tedium settles in, but we have at hand some weapons to fight it with! First, I recommend books and movies, such as “The Diary of Anne Frank”. Currently, I am reading “Law Made Simple for the Young”, because civic and legal education are nowhere to be found in the school syllabus.

When it comes to movies, I recommend “Green Book”, because it provides a wide perspective on racism, which is also brought about by COVID-19.

I am a sporty and very active person, so I couldn’t spend these days on a chair or in bed. I do gymnastics and yoga every morning (if you have a courtyard, it is even better) and I’m not neglecting a healthy diet. 

Diana, 16 years old, Brezoi, Vâlcea

I am a sporty and very active person, so I couldn’t spend these days on a chair or in bed. I do gymnastics and yoga every morning.

Diana, 16, Brezoi, Vâlcea
Diana
Arhiva personala
Alexandra
UNICEF/ Anamaria Dinulescu

This period, when we have been recommended to limit contact with others and avoid going out, made me realise how little time I really spend with myself.

Alexandra, 17, Coada Malului, Prahova

This period, when we have been recommended to limit contact with others and avoid going out, made me realise how little time I really spend with myself. I’ve used the stay-home days to give a chance to those films that we “must watch sometime, but not right now, perhaps when I’ll have time”.

Just one glance at my bookshelf, and I easily found those books for which there is never the right time. So, take the time spent indoors with a pinch of optimism: this is the perfect moment to invest in yourselves and in your interests.

But most importantly, this is the ideal time for you to demonstrate that you are responsible and care for others.

Alexandra, 17 years old, Coada Malului, Prahova

 


And, to unknit your brows and, at the same time, find out more, you are invited to go to TikTok UNICEF in Romania and watch some videos made by the Children’s Board.