4 TIPS FOR PARENTS TO EASE THE OVERWHELM DURING THE PANDEMIC
1.) PLAY - the importance of play is top priority in a child's life and one that is now more important than ever. During the pandemic, children can find the feeling of security, joy, peace and learning while playing. Examples of play would be building, pretending, exploring, movement or creating. Allow for multiple times during the day where a child is given 'free time' to do what they choose with no other interrupters or responsibilities.
2.) REST - most adults and children don't get enough adequate sleep and now is the time to catch up! It is also important for rest times during the day both physical rest and mental rest. An example would be taking a short nap, quiet time after lunch, a break to just be still (sit, pray or meditate) which all of these can allow our brains to re-boot, re-energize and cope much better with the stress all around. Allow for rest and sleep to be top priorities now.
3.) LEARN - learning can look a variety of different ways. Some children thrive with school work and projects while other children prefer more hands-on learning through experiments and exploring. An example would be cooking in the kitchen with kids where science, math and reading can be practiced during the experience. Which ever way your child learns best, allow for time during the day that they can engage in learning.
4.) SOCIALIZE - self-isolation does not mean social-isolation. We can maintain our very important connections through other ways besides touching or being close to each other. Some examples are phone calls, internet communications, social media, skype/facetime and extreme physical distancing are still a safe bet and very manageable. Allow for opportunities in the day where children can communicate with loved ones that do not live in the household with them.
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