UNICEF and association “Parents”: play at home!
As part of the Institute for Public Health’s #StayAtHome campaign, UNICEF and the Association “Parents” have launched the #PlayAtHome challenge, inviting parents to send short video clips
PODGORICA, 29 MARCH 2020 – As part of the Institute for Public Health’s #StayAtHome campaign, UNICEF and the Association “Parents” have launched the #PlayAtHome challenge, inviting parents to send short video clips, no longer than 60 seconds, of the games they play with their preschoolers.
Many parents have responded to the challenge and have been posting videos on the social networks using #PlayAtHome and tagging the Association (Roditelji. Me) and UNICEF Montenegro. Some of the videos are available at https://youtu.be/oXMnzPFePyM.
The shared videos aim to inspire other parents to spend quality time with their children during the isolation caused by the coronavirus disease.
“The #PlayAtHome initiative will continue for as long the isolation measures are in place. We therefore invite all parents to join in and show others how they can learn, be creative and have fun while staying indoors, which is a particular challenge. There can never be too many ideas,” says the Association’s Kristina Mihailovic, stressing also that parents can record videos without showing their children’s faces.
In tough times, children need love and attention from adults. “#PlayAtHome is an invitation to all parents to devote some extra time and attention to their children and let them play and relax.
“It is good to stick to the daily routine as much as possible and introduce a new schedule during the stay-at-home period which will include time to learn and time to play and relax,” says psychotherapist Darija Petovic Bambur.
UNICEF has posted a number of articles on its website to help parents talk with their children about the coronavirus and go through this period with as little stress as possible:
- How to help children deal with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak
- Recommendations and advice for adolescents and their parents during the coronavirus outbreak
- How to discuss the new coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) with your child
- Coronavirus: What parents should know?
Children can react to stress in a variety of ways, including increased irritability, withdrawal, anger or tension, bedwetting, etc. By engaging in open discussion and play, every parent can help his/her child cope with stress during the coronavirus pandemic.
Therefore, our message to all parents and children is: Stay at home and play at home!