Practical Parenting Advice from WHO during the COVID19 pandemic
During this lockdown period, parents need to be able to interact constructively with their kids. So, to help you out, here are some tips that cover on planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behavior managing stress and talking about COVID-19. First, you can use this time to be able to spend more time with your kids and ask them what they want to do. By allowing them to choose, you are able to help them build up their self-confidence. You can spend at least 20 minutes with them or longer and choose to do it the same time everyday so that your children have something to look forward to. Second, practice positivity inside the home. Sometimes it can be a struggle to be positive when your kids drive you crazy, but it’s more likely that they will do what you ask them to do if you speak in a calm voice and use postive words like “please.” Of course, this also means praising them when they are able to behave well. Not only will this reassure them that you notice and care, but it’s likely that they will do that good thing again. Third, keep things under wraps by creating a daily routine. Make a schedule for yourself and your kids that has time for structured activities and free time. You can even ask your kids to help you out – they’ll follow the routine better since they helped make it. You can also include teaching your kids about keeping safe distances and proper hygiene. Fourth, it’s normal for children to misbehave. The best thing to do is to catch bad behaviour early and redirect their attention from bad to good behaviour. It’s also important to take time to breath and calm yourself when things start to get out of control, as this will help you respond in a calmer way. Fifth, keep calm and don’t stress. The problem we’re facing is causing a lot of fear, not just for you but for millions of others as well. Take time off social media that makes you feel panicked and talk to someone about how you’re feeling. Your kids might also have something to say about how they’re feeling, so be open and listen to them as they look to you for support and reassurance. And of course, don’t forget to take a break from time to time. It’s perfectly okay for you to do something fun and relaxing – something YOU like to do. And last, talk. Be willing to talk about COVID-19 because for sure you’re kids have already heard something about it. They might be scared or confused, so allow them to talk freely and be open to answer any questions they might have about it. It’s okay if you don’t have all the answers. You can say “We don’t know, but we think ” and use it as an opportunity to learn with your kids. And most importantly, explain that COVID-19 has nothing to do with how someone looks, where they are from or what language they speak. Teach them to be compassionate to those who are sick as well as those who are caring for them.
April 1, 2020READ MORE
7 ways to keep kids safe from coronavirus disease
As the number of confirmed coronavirus disease cases rises, parents need to make sure that their children are protected. Although young kids are at a lower risk, it’s better to be safe. The severity of the situation must not be taken lightly especially because it can affect all members of the family. Here are some tips to make sure that your children are safe: Do not bring children with you outside. It is better to keep kids at home – far from potential carriers. Plan a set of indoor activities to keep your kids busy and productive. Help them explore a new hobby in art, teach them to play an instrument, or print downloadable worksheets for them to accomplish. Teach proper handwashing. Washing hands with soap and water is one of the key steps in preventing the spread of any virus. Choose a trusted hand soap and teach kids to wash hands following these steps: Wash hands with clean, running water. Soap up hands by rubbing them together to form a lather. Remember to reach the back of the hand, between fingers, and under the nails. Scrub your child’s hands for around 20 seconds. You can sing your child’s favorite nursery rhyme as a timer. Make sure to rinse well with clean and running water. Dry your child’s hands with a clean towel. Avoid using a basin to wash hands as the water can get contaminated. Tell them to stop touching their faces. Even with clean hands, it’s better to avoid touching your face. Remember – keep your hands off of M.E.N. (Mouth, Eyes, Nose). Prepare healthy pantry food – With all the quarantine and social distancing measures being put up, eating out or going to the grocery store frequently may not be a good idea. Reasonably stock up on food with long shelf lives while at the same time making sure that kids will get balanced diets from meals. You can get creative with oatmeal and various fruits, Greek yoghurt, or cocoa. How about making a sardine or tuna pasta? Or try out healthy snack options like nuts, popcorn, raisins or even carrot sticks with tasty dip. Take extra care for kids with asthma. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that kids and adults with asthma have a greater risk of developing more severe diseases with the coronavirus outbreak. If you or your kids have controller medications and do not stop them. Be wary that seasonal versions of coronaviruses can cause asthma exacerbations. Prepare a quarantine area. If members of the family begin developing symptoms of COVID, calmly ask them to transfer to a room. Don’t forget to properly wash their utensils and beddings. Explain the situation without causing fear. Sometimes, fear and panic can do more harm than actually contracting coronavirus disease. Parents need to talk about the situation and explain the importance of the steps to be taken to prevent it. This helps to make sure that kids remember to do all the precautions even without being reminded.
March 26, 2020READ MORE
7 Things Parents should Consider when Organizing Family Gatherings
Family gatherings, reunions, and family outings - just thinking about these things can make you want to cancel. Organizing a gathering where you can meet with relatives whom you have not met in years may be difficult and stressful, but very rewarding and definitely worth it. Here are some things that you should consider when organizing a family gathering: Inform the guests as early as possible. Date conflicts occur especially when planning an event where there are students and busy office workers in a family. Remember to remind them as the date draws closer because people tend to forget events set in advance. Set the venue at home. Setting the venue at your house will probably be the best way to go for a small family gathering. Free venue means less expenses! Now you can spend more of your budget for food and activities. Have some activities. Games, talent shows, and raffles draws. Having engaging activities will strengthen a family’s bond. Make sure to have activities for the whole family like a round of charades or pictionary, bonfires with a do-it-yourself s’mores station, or competitive outdoor games and sports between each other. It is important to also plan out separate activities for kids (card and board games, party games, and kid-friendly movies) and activities for parents (home service massage and spa days, preparing food together for the family, or even casual conversations over a few cocktails). Visit nearby tourist spots. Your family may be tired of the places to visit around your city, but your guests might be excited. It’s a great experience for the kids and parents to take a break from being homebodies and do a little sight-seeing especially if your relatives are visiting for a few weeks and have a lot of time to pass. Have a plan B. There is no assurance that a storm won’t appear in a year-old planned event. It would be wise to have a plan b when an incident occurs. There’s no need to panic when a family that was assigned to bring meals informed you that they won’t be attending if you already listed the contact number of restaurants near you. Take photos and upload a dedicated photo album. Live in the moment while at the same time taking photos you can go back to later on. Create a photo album of the family gathering online so that you and your relatives can remember great moments you had together. What’s good about an online album is that the photos are stored forever and that everyone has easy access to it. Have fun. You are also a member of the family. Have a positive vibe, do not stress over something that was not part of the plan, they won’t even notice it.
March 11, 2020READ MORE
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