9 Tips For Parents Coping With Kids During Coronavirus
Parents may have it particularly hard during the coronavirus pandemic; in addition to common fears and changes in routine, they are also providing support and reassurance for children. Take some parenting tips from parenting coach professionals to get through difficult times, like these:.
Nine tips for parents coping with coronavirus are:
- Remember the basics. Don't forget basic protocols during this time, like frequent hand washing and social distancing. Emulate these for young children, too.
- Be calm, but honest. Remain calm; the pandemic won't end overnight. Be honest when children ask questions or voice concerns. It is okay to not have the answers and to tell them that.
- Know when to seek help. Don't ignore symptoms that could be related to coronavirus, like fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Seek medical attention immediately.
- Read reliable news sources. Be selective about the news coverage that you watch, read, and trust; don't put too much of your focus or energy on these reports. Check the headlines or a favorite news platform and then leave it be until tomorrow.
- Engage your kids. Try to engage your kids organically about coronavirus to find out what they are worried about or fearful of. Make this a time to connect with them in a meaningful way.
- Stay on schedule. This is not the time to skip your usual schedule; make a time for everything and stay on track. This extends to school, chores, and even leisure activities that you are planning. A schedule helps maintain order during chaotic circumstances.
- Plan a project each day. Plan a project every day that you complete and can derive a sense of accomplishment from. This can distract you and the kids from being stuck at home and will provide positive progress during a difficult time.
- Do something good. Doing something kind for someone else releases feel-good endorphins in the brain, so good deeds can be healthy for you! Encourage your children to do the same. Keep an eye out for opportunities to help neighbors, friends, or strangers, who may be struggling during this pandemic.
- Self-care is critical. Know that self-care is critical; don't let your own health deteriorate due to caring for others. Make time to do the things you enjoy and take some time away as needed. This may be easier said than done for busy parents; don't be afraid to ask for help from others.
Coronavirus is taking a toll on everyone — especially parents. Treat yourself gently during this difficult time and use these nine tips to get through the pandemic. Contact a counseling service that offers parenting help to learn more.
23 July 2020