23 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) parenting tips

  The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has upended family life around the world. School closures, working remote, physical distancing — it's a lot to navigate for anyone, but especially for parents. We teamed up with the Parenting for Lifelong Health initiative to bring parents and caregivers a set of handy tips to help manage this new (…, Explore the parenting tips, 1. Talking about COVID-19 2. One-on-one time 3. Keeping it positive 4. Get structured 5. Learning through play 6. Keeping children safe online 7. Family harmony at home 8. Keep calm and manage stress 9. Bad behaviour 10. When we get angry 11. Family budgeting in times of financial stress 12. Parenting in crowded homes and communities 13. Parenting…, 1. 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. Download these tips  [PDF format]. Be open and listen Allow your child to talk freely. Ask them open questions and find out how much they already know.…, 2. One-on-one time during COVID-19, Can’t go to work? Schools closed? Worried about money? 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. Download these tips  [PDF format].…, 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. Download these tips  [PDF format]. Say the behaviour you want to see  Use positive words when…, 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. Download these tips  [PDF format]. Create a flexible but consistent daily routine Make a schedule for you and your children that has time for structured activities as well as free time. This can help…, 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! Download  these tips  [PDF format]. Types of play There are so many different types of play that can be both fun AND educational. Language, numbers, objects, drama and music games give children…, 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. Download  these tips  [PDF format]. Online risks Adults targeting children for sexual purposes on social media, gaming, and messaging platforms…, 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.  Download  these tips  [PDF format]. We are models for our kids How we talk and behave in front of others is a big influence on…, 8. Keep calm and manage stress from COVID-19, This is a stressful time. Take care of yourself, so you can support your children. Download these tips  [PDF format]. You are not alone Millions of people 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…, 9. 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. Download these tips  [PDF format]. Redirect Catch bad behavior early and redirect your kids’ attention from a bad to a good behavior. Stop it before it starts! When they start to get restless, you…, 10. When we get angry, We love our children and teenagers, but the stresses of COVID-19, money and lockdown can make us angry. Here is how we can maintain control and manage our anger so we do not hurt others. Brain science shows if you control your anger or do something positive you increase your child’s brain development. That’s real success! Download these tips  [PDF…, 11. Family budgeting in times of financial stress, Millions are stressed about money because of COVID-19. It can make us feel exhausted, angry, and distracted. Children or teenagers asking for things can cause arguments. But we can do things that help cope with financial stress. Download these tips  [PDF format]. Involve children and teens in making a family budget A budget is how we decide what…, 12. Parenting in crowded homes and communities during COVID-19, Keeping your family healthy and safe from COVID-19 can feel even harder when you live in crowded conditions. But there are things you can do to make this easier for your family. Download these tips  [PDF format]. Stay where you are Limit those leaving and returning to your immediate living space to as few and as infrequent as possible. Only leave…, 13. Parenting children with disabilities, All children, including those with disabilities, need love, respect, nurturing, and time, especially during difficult and uncertain times. Download these tips  [PDF format].   Keep your child safe It is strongly recommended that you follow local guidelines for COVID-19 while helping your child stay as active as possible both indoors and outdoors.…, 14. Parenting teens, Adolescents may be missing school, friends and their social life. It is important to provide them with extra support as well as the space to express themselves independently. Download these tips  [PDF format].   Spend time with your teen  Plan creative ways to communicate with friends and family (e.g. writing messages or drawing pictures). Cook a…, 15. Parenting a new baby, We spend a lot of time indoors with a young baby and COVID-19 makes it much more intense. It is completely normal to feel isolated, overwhelmed, anxious, and scared for you and your baby. Download these tips  [PDF format].   Sharing is caring Use social media, phone calls and anything at your disposal to reach out and connect with others. Take…