Are you feeling ALL the feelings during the outbreak of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic? It’s okay if you are. And it’s likely that your child might be feeling all the feelings too. So, how can you, as a parent, support your child during the COVID-19 pandemic?
5 Ways to Support Your Child During a Pandemic
Stick to the Facts
Limit social media and media exposure and stick to the facts. The more we scroll and the more we watch the “Breaking Headlines”, the more stressed out we all get (Both children and adults). With that said, instead, rely on communication from state and city officials and school officials. Then reduce anxiety further by understanding how to protect your family. Protective measures include hand washing, cleaning and sanitizing surfaces, and staying home when you can.
Encourage a Routine
Even though children are not physically going to school, it is important to establish a routine. Have your children wake up, get dressed, meet their teacher and classmates online for distance learning, eat regular meals, and go to bed every night at the same time. Doing so will provide children with a consistent schedule that they can follow as a guideline to their day. Then, add in time for relaxation, play, etc.
Take Time to Listen to How Your Child is Feeling
Ask your child(ren) open-ended questions about how they are feeling, and listen intently. Ask them questions like, “How do you feel about not going to school each day?”, “How do you feel about learning online?”, and “What are some of your fears with the virus?”. Let them explain how they are feeling openly and avoid the need to offer a solution.
Engage in Stress Reducing Activities
Dance around in the kitchen, draw a picture with your child to hang on the fridge, destress with some yoga poses, read your child’s favorite book, get outside in nature. These are all things you can do with your children that can reduce anxiety and worry. Read our Spring Nature Activities Blog on ways to destress in nature.
Reach Out for Help
If you and your child are feeling overwhelmed by the new daily pressures of working at home, distance learning, and social isolation, reach out to those that you trust the most. Ask for support from those around you-chances are they are feeling the pressure too. Also, work with your child’s teacher to create a plan that works best for your child in the days to come.
Find additional ways to support your child during the COVID-19 pandemic- NSCA: Tips for Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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