25 March 2020

Parenting tips during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

( Adapted from article on   www.unicef.org ) The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has changed family life around the world. School closures, working remote, social distancing — it's a lot to navigate for anyone, but especially for parents. Here are a few tips for parents and caregivers to manage this new (temporary) normal.    , 1. One-on-one time, School shutdown is a chance to spend more time with children and adolescents. While it can be demanding, it can also be fun and is important to make children feel loved and secure. In turn, it will also help parents to focus their energy on something more positive. Set aside time to spend with each child It can be for just 20 minutes, or longer –…, 2. Keeping it positive, It‘s hard to feel positive when your kids are driving you 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.  Say the behaviour you want to see  Use positive words when telling your child what to do; like "Please put…, 3. Get structured , COVID-19 has changed routines and habits from our daily work, home and school. This is hard for children, adolescents and for you. Making new routines can help. Create a flexible but consistent daily routine Make a schedule together with your children so there is time for structured activities as well as free time. This can help children feel more…, 4. Bad behaviour, All children misbehave. It is normal when children are tired, hungry, afraid, or learning independence.  Redirect Catch bad behaviour early and redirect your kids’ attention from a bad to a good behaviour. Stop it before it starts! When they start to get restless, you can distract with something interesting or fun: “Come, let’s play a game instead…, 5. Keep calm and manage stress, This is a stressful time. Take care of yourself, so you can support your children.  You are not alone Millions of parents have the same fears as us. Find someone who you can talk to about how you are feeling. Listen to them. Avoid social media that makes you feel panicked. Take a break We all need a break sometimes. When your children are asleep,…, 6. Talking about COVID-19, As a parent it is your responsibility to make sure your children get correct and approved information on how to prevent COVID-19. Parents should be proactive in following updates from the Government such as the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC), WHO and UNICEF websites. Be willing to talk They will…