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The question today is: How to make sure your kids needs are met during COVID-19?
Kids, routines, and the coronavirus
The pandemic has put a lot of people through the loop and thrown off many day-to-day schedules. Things have had to change quickly, and people have been forced to adapt. For parents, this might have been particularly difficult seeing as it is not only your routine that is changing, but the kids too.
Some children thrive on knowing what their routine is, and the coronavirus outbtrsk certainly isn’t helping them estable a sense of familiarity. But, there’s not much you can do, so instead you’ve just got to make sure that they have everything they need during this time. How can you do that? Keep reading below to find out how to ensure your kids needs are met during a pandemic.
Talk to them
First, talk to them. It’s a change for everyone involved, not just you.
While often kids are resilient and can bounce back from a lot of things, you still need to encourage them to talk to you. If they are feeling overwhelmed by the situation, or there is anything that they feel as though they would like to say, then it’s important that they know they can.
Open and honest communication is vital to surviving a time like this, and you might not see it now, but you will later. If you don’t do this, then your kids could end up holding how they are feeling inside, only to have it come out in one epic tantrum somewhere down the line. You don’t want this to happen.
There is already so much going on that everyone needs to feel safe and loved. Everyone needs to know what page they are on, the rules and so on. The only way this is going to be achieved is through communication so we cannot stress enough how much you need to encourage them to come to you.
Keep up with their education
You’re also going to have to try and keep up with their education. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but it’s important that you do your best.
Some schools will be able to access virtual classroom software that allows them to teach online, and if this is something your child’s school is doing, then you want to make sure they are benefitting from it. If not, then it’s going to be down to you. Don’t panic, we know it sounds hard, but we’re confident that you can do this. There are a number of different resources online that you can access which will give you all the information that you need.
There are sites where you can find worksheets that have been created by teachers, sites dedicated to fun educational games that your kids can play and so on. There will always be something to aid you, so don’t worry about it.
Everything is going to be fine. They will go back to school at some point, and if there is anything they are unsure of, the teachers will clarify.
Outside is still necessary
Even though we’re in the middle of a pandemic, it is still necessary for your children to be able to go outside. Even if this is simply into the garden to run around, you can’t keep them in all the time.
This is going to be terrible for their mental health and will end up causing you more problems than you’re solving. Let them go outside and play for a couple of hours each day. It doesn’t have to be all at once, it can be spread out in intervals, as long as they are getting the fresh air that they need.
If you don’t have a garden for them to play in, then you will have to take them to the park or something like this. Make sure that you are taking precautions such as social distancing to keep your kids as safe as possible. If there are lots of people around, try to wear masks where you can, though this might not be essential depending on how crowded the area is.
Finally, pay attention to what your kids are displaying. Listen to what they say, look at their behavior, try to be one step ahead as often as you can.
You will know what your kids need for as long as you are paying attention to them. We know that you have other things to do, but take the time to really look, and you will see.
Final words on the pandemic and kids needs
Hopefully you have found this article helpful and now understand how you can ensure your kids have everything they need during the pandemic. Good luck, and may things get into some sort of a normal for you soon enough.
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