Parenting Tips During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The on-going measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 have brought on a new way of life. A vast majority of people have to work from home, which means also spending more time with our families and for those with children, more time with them. As experienced so far, this has its benefits but also its challenges. Here are some tips to keep in mind and apply as you navigate this new way of life and interact with your children:
- Talking about COVID-19
Be willing to talk! They will already have heard something. Silence and secrets do not protect our children. Honesty and openness do. Think about how much they will understand. You know them best. Teaching basics on prevention such as personal hygiene can come in handy as a point of information in this discussion.
2. One-on-one time during COVID-19
Can’t go to work? Schools closed? It is normal to feel stressed and overwhelmed. School shutdown is also a chance to make better relationships with our children and teenagers. One-on-One time is free and fun. It makes children feel loved and secure, and shows them that they are important. Remember this time is a break for you too.
3. Keeping it positive during the coronavirus outbreak
It‘s hard to feel positive when our kids or teenagers are driving us crazy. We often end up saying “Stop doing that!”. But children are much more likely to do what we ask if we give them positive instructions and lots of praise for what they do right.
- Describe the behaviour you want to see- Use positive words when guiding your child
- Shouting at your child will just make you and them more stressed and angrier. Get your child’s attention by using their name.
- Praise your child when they are behaving well
4. Get structured
COVID-19 has taken away our daily work, home and school routines. This is hard for children, teenagers and for you. Making new routines can help.
- Teach your child about keeping safe distances
- Create a flexible but consistent daily routine
- Make handwashing and hygiene fun
- You are a model for your child’s behavior
5. Learning through play
Millions of children face school closure and isolation in their own home. This tip is about learning through play – something that can be fun for all ages!
- Movement games are great to keep them active as well and burn off that excess energy
- Telling stories – We all love a great story, and they are great for learning too
6. Keeping children safe online during COVID-19
Children and teens are now spending a lot more time online. Being connected helps them reduce the impact of COVID-19 and encourages them to continue with their lives…but it also presents risks and dangers.
- Install tech fixes to protect your children online
- Create healthy and safe online habits
- Spend time with your child or teen online
- Keep your children safe with open communication
7. Family harmony at home
When we model peaceful and loving relationships, our children feel more secure and loved. Positive language, active listening and empathy help maintain a peaceful and happy family environment during these stressful times.
8. Managing bad behaviour
All children misbehave. It is normal when children are tired, hungry, afraid, or learning independence. And they can drive us crazy when stuck at home. Remember, they are not bad people, they just need your guidance and attention. Make time for them and listen to them.
9. Keep calm and manage stress from COVID-19
This is a stressful time. Take care of yourself, so you can support your children.
- You are not alone. Talk about it
- Take a break – From work and even from your children. A walk can help
- Listen to your kids – Don’t lose touch
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