1. Be Honest
If your child is old enough, you can explain to them why you are all staying home. Talk honestly about the virus and the effects it is having on the world. Explain to them that this is an exceptional time and that you are in this together.
You can have an open and honest conversation about why you have to work from home and how you need their support. Kids can surprise you with their level of understanding.
Use activities to help them grasp the concept of the virus and how it spread. Here is a great experiment shared by Amanda Lorenzo, a pre-kindergarten teacher.
2. Organize their Day
Your children are used to a certain routine that you had been going through the whole year. Their world is now completely different and they need you to organize their day. Your child needs a routine in order to feel secure and can predict what is coming next. When they stay in place took effect for most people that meant that the routine was thrown out the window.
Create a daily schedule for your child and of course, try your best to follow through. If you put breakfast at a specific time then sit down and have breakfast at that time every day. This will create a sense of normalcy for your child. Schedule activities for you to do together. The resources on activities are endless but the best place to ask is your child’s daycare teacher.
Your child’s teacher will be your best source for activities and letting you know how to handle having your child home. They have their routine and they have spent a lot of time with your child so they are your subject matter expert.
3. Plan Activities for the whole week
We all know that when children are home the trap we all fall into is too much screen time. This could negatively affect your child and in order to limit it, they need activities. Depending on your child’s age search for activities online that require things you can find around your household.
4. Let them help with housework
Help your child learn about responsibilities and add a few easy house shores to their schedule. Let them help with simple tasks like clearing out the table or making their bed. Your child will enjoy these tasks and it will give them a sense of accomplishment. Try to pick the chore based on their age so they can get it done without feeling frustrated.
5. Create a reading time
We all know that reading is important and that your child will benefit greatly from it but we sometimes overlook reading altogether and opt for screentime. If your child isn’t old enough to read set aside some time and pick stories to read for them. Make it fun! Use different sounds for the different characters or play out different parts of the story. You can even use the toys to act out the story.
6. Spend more time together
With all the downsides of COVID-19, this is actually one of the few positive impacts. You are never going to have the same chance to spend as much time with your little one/ones as you are now. Take advantage of this and do the things you wanted to do together but never had the time. This could be movie nights: make some popcorn, turn off the lights and pick a movie and watch it together.
No matter what just seize the moment!
7. Take breaks together
Your home has most likely now turned into an office, a child care center, a restaurant, an entertainment center among many other things. Pace your day and take plenty of breaks and make sure to schedule your little one’s breaks at the same time. That way you can spend more time together.
8. Support groups
The situation, unfortunately, isn’t all peachy and you will take time adjusting. At the age of COVID-19, make sure you have people to support you during this time. Call on your loved ones and family members or your close friends. They are all in the same boat and we all need to help each other during this time. The only way forward is by supporting each other virtually and staying safe.
9. Eat lunch together
The situation, unfortunately, isn’t all peachy and you will take time adjusting. Make sure you have people to support you during this time. Call on your loved ones and family members or your close friends. They are all in the same boat and we all need to help each other during this time. The only way forward is by supporting each other virtually and staying safe.