COVID-19 – Staying Safe for parents and children.

The new coronavirus, COVID-19, has many of us glued to the news, concerned for loved ones, and adapting our lives to deal with the changes the pandemic is having on our homes, schools, and work-places. It’s pretty tough.

Many of us will be spending more time at home during the outbreak of COVID-19 (the disease caused by coronavirus), and for those with young children, you may have to get a bit creative to keep them entertained during this time.

First things first, talk to your children about what’s really going on.

This is not in a bid to scare them or make them panic but to educate them on safety and preventive measures.It is also very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events.

If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. 

“Even young children have a great capacity to pick up on the social cues of those around them. Just because you haven’t explained what’s going on, doesn’t mean that they haven’t noticed that something’s up,” says Shannon Wier, a Child Life Specialist at Gillette.

Basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices for protection.

  • Encourage your children to practice every day good hygiene—simple steps to prevent spread of illness:
    • Wash hands multiple times a day for at least 20 seconds (singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star slowly takes about 20 seconds).
    • Cover their mouths with a tissue when they sneeze or cough and throw away the tissue immediately, or sneeze or cough into the bend of their elbow. Do not share food or drinks.
    • Practice giving fist or elbow bumps instead of handshakes. Fewer germs are spread this way.
  • Giving children guidance on what they can do to prevent infection gives them a greater sense of control over disease spread and will help to reduce their anxiety.
  • Encourage your children to eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly; this will help them develop a strong immune system to fight off illness.

For more information, latest situation updates and data, please visit the WHO Website

Ideas for activities

We hope and pray that this phase passes soonest but it could go on for a while, so it’s likely that you’ll exhaust your typical “go-to’s” for activities at some point.

Here are some ideas I have put together for children’s activities this period. In no particular order.

Feelings Check in – Many kids are feeling anxious and confused right now. Schools closed with little notice, and the daily routine looks very different right now (or is missing altogether). It is important to find time in the day to check in with children and use strategies and activities to help them.

Set a goal and complete a home project. Whether it is cleaning the garage, organizing the basement, or redecorating the spare bedroom, find ways to let the kids help.

Master a new skill together. Learn to juggle, ride a bicycle, DIYs, play the harmonica, or sew.

Build a Lego castle. Clear off a table and make it a family project!😀

String beads. Beading projects can be as simple or complex as you choose.

Hold a photoshoot. Plan different outfits and poses and take pictures outside or around town. Older kids and teens can then edit the photos on a computer.

Create and bake your own pizzas. Children will enjoy picking their own toppings. They can help prep by shredding cheese, chopping veggies and so on.

Let the children cook dinner. Encourage them to plan the menu and shop for ingredients. Then allow them to cook dinner for the family. Supervise younger children, but allow teens to do it alone.

Let the children teach you what they know! Children as teachers might sound like a bit of twist. Actually children have always been teachers but have not always been recognised or used as one. Allow them teach you what they’ve learnt at school, something cool they learnt off the internet, their favorite songs, how to play a song on the piano or their favorite instrument . This is also very essential for bonding.

Let them learn music. Music and math are highly intertwined. By understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns. Other benefits of music are listed as follows.

  • Music helps the brain to develop.
  • Music is fun.
  • Music teaches them to focus and relieves stress.
  • Music helps to understand maths.
  • Music is a form of self-expression.
  • Music can improve social skills.
  • Music can boost self-confidence and self confidence

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