Parenting during COVID19:
During this period of transitions, there are several things that you can do to help your children adjust.
- Setting up a routine for your household, particularly if your children are home from school or expected to continue with schooling remotely.
- Post a daily schedule broken down by hours or half hours so your children know what to expect and look forward to. (have some of the time be structured and some free time)
- Be mindful of the amount of screen time children are consuming so sleep schedules, behavioral issues and mood issues aren’t compounded.
- Use resources others create to help find new things to try.
- There are many resources for parents online with worksheets, experiments, games etc. to try with your children to help structure time.
- Instagram has many artists and authors hosting art lessons and reading sessions daily as a way to help connect your children to people in appropriate ways in the community.
- Plan time outside the house to engage in family time and outdoor time. Take time to breathe and spend time away from the media.
- Give age-appropriate answers to questions they have about why changes are happening.
- Understand what distress may look like according to the age group your child is in so you can be proactive about talking to them.
- Tips for Families (Zero to Three) (age-appropriate discussion hints and activities)
- Screen time a guide for children (Mayo Clinic)
- How school closures can strengthen your family (Greater Good Science Center)
- Helping Children Cope with Emergencies (CDC)
- Coping during COVID19 – Resources for Parents (Child Mind Institute)
- Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-Being During COVID19 (Child Trends)
- Successful Parenting While Working from Home (CNBC)