The past several weeks have brought a lot of change, stress, and anxiety for everyone, including your kids. While these feelings are uncomfortable, they’re also natural—and no one has to go through them alone. Now more than ever, it’s important to be there for your children both physically and emotionally. A lot of things are out of our control but knowing how to support your kids during COVID-19 can help you and your family make the most of this time together.
Keep the Day Busy
Consistent structure and routine are important, even when you have to switch up the way you usually go through your days. Make sure your kids are still getting up, eating meals, and going to sleep at their usual time. Even beyond their schoolwork, there are plenty of productive things to do while schools are closed. Accomplishing these and other daily tasks can help fill the hours at home and make everyone feel more productive. However, keep in mind that both you and your child are under a fair amount of stress. You can afford a little flexibility when you need it, such as an extra hour of sleep or more screen time to contact friends online.
Talk it Out
If you want to know how to support your kids during COVID-19, they need to be able to express whatever they’re feeling. One of the best ways to help them do that is to talk through those harder emotions together. Encourage everyone to speak up and verbalize their worries and ideas. Even a daily check-in to ask how they’re feeling can prove extremely beneficial. It isn’t always easy to voice your emotions, so be sure to give your kids the space and patience they need to work through their feelings with you.
Get Active Together
More physical activity can do everyone some good, especially when you’re cooped up in the house all day. Take walks together around the neighborhood or at a nearby park to make the most of the gorgeous spring weather. You can also set aside time for dance or yoga sessions, or head outside to play ball in the backyard. Exercise is a great boost to your emotional and physical health. Even better, the moments spent laughing and playing together are great ways to make the days a little brighter.