Explain that COVID-19 has nothing to do with the way someone looks, where they are from, or what language they speak. Tell your child that we can be compassionate to people who are sick and those who are caring for them. Look for stories of people who are working to stop the outbreak and are caring for sick people.
There are a lot of stories going around
Some may not be true. Use trustworthy sites like UNICEF and the World Health Organization.
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.
Set aside time to spend with each child
It can be for just 20 minutes, or longer – it’s up to us. It can be at the same time each day so children or teenagers can look forward to it.
Ask your child what they would like to do
Choosing builds their self confidence. If they want to do something that isn’t OK with physical distancing, then this is a chance to talk with them about this.
Ideas with your baby/toddler
*Copy their facial expression and sounds.
*Sing songs, make music with pots and spoons.
*Stack cups or blocks.
*Tell a story, read a book or share pictures.
Ideas with your young child
· Read a book or look at pictures.
· Make drawings with crayons or pencils.
· Dance to music or sing songs!
· Do a chore together – make cleaning and cooking a game
· Help with school work.
Ideas with your teenager
· Talk about something they like: sports, music, celebrities, friends.
· Cook a favorite meal together.
· Exercise together to their favorite music.
Listen to them, look at them. Give them your full attention. Have fun!