By Mary Pletsch 30 Mar 2020 no comment 343 Views

These are unusual times for all of us, including our children.  We’ve put together a list of tips to help families cope with social distancing.

Tips for Children during Social and Physical Distancing

Some kids may come to you with questions about the changes in their usual routines.  If your child isn’t one of them, open conversations by asking what they’ve heard about current events and the virus.  This will give you the opportunity to correct any misinformation and reassure them that life will be different for a while to help keep everyone safe.

Minimize discussion of adult worries in front of children so your kids don’t feel stressed about factors beyond their control.

Don’t be surprised if kids’ games involve themes of illness, doctors, and quarantines.  Kids use play to understand and come to terms with the world around them.  Play is another  way to encourage kids to talk about their feelings or questions they might have.

Don’t obsess about schoolwork.  Loading down your children with 6 hours of home-school  each day is an excessive burden on both you and them during this time.  A little individual instruction will go a long way.  The rest of the time, encourage them to read books; to make up stories; to draw; to find some “fun facts” about a topic on the Internet and tell you about them.

If you and your kids aren’t showing symptoms, it’s okay to take them outside to get some exercise and fresh air. 

Just make sure they keep their distance from other people who don’t live in the same home as you.  Your children may struggle to come to terms with the fact that they can’t play with their neighbourhood friends.

Avoid playground equipment as it is difficult to sanitize.  Driveway basketball and road hockey are fine as long as the balls and sticks are from your own home.

Next week we’ll share some suggestions of other activities that families can do together during social distancing.

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