The sprawling COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted everything from daily life to the global economy. And as the world hunkers down to control the spread of the virus, people have to grow accustomed to a totally different lifestyle in quarantine for the unforeseeable future. Although necessary, social distancing can cause stress, especially to children as their school routines are interrupted and their social interactions are limited. But there are ways for the entire family to cope with all the sudden changes, which can be adjusted according to what’s best for your family.
Keeping Your Family Safe
So far, children have not shown to be at a higher risk for COVID-19 than adults, but cases do exist. One of the most important tips for moms to keep their family safe is to be aware of COVID-19 symptoms, which include mild cold-like symptoms like:
- Runny nose
Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported symptoms.
How Moms Can Keep Their Kids Healthy
Teach your kids the importance of staying healthy by practicing healthy habits such as:
- Proper handwashing
- Properly covering sneezes and coughs
- Avoiding sick people who are coughing or sneezing
- Cleaning up and disinfecting surfaces and toys regularly
It’s important to have mommy talks with your kids to explain why you’re teaching them these things, but also why all the changes are happening. Brushing off the severity of the pandemic is unhelpful for children who cannot make sense of the situation and causes stress. Pediatricians have seen stress manifest in different ways for different children such as:
- Stomach aches
- Sleeping problems
- Lack of motivation for schoolwork
As the mommy, you know your child the best and can take into consideration their personality, temperament, and normal behavior.
Five Developmental Needs That Aren’t Met Due to COVID-19
It’s in our nature to seek others in times of stress, but because social distancing is necessary, there are fewer ways to reach other people in our social circle. Children are constantly developing their social skills and staying at home can mean some of their needs are unmet. These are:
- Different Social Opportunities
You can fill the gap from losing school, parks, community centers, and the like by setting a healthy and productive schedule for your kids to stay busy.
- Company of Extended Friends and Family
Thanks to the Internet and technology, you can have video calls with friends and family face to face without actually gathering! This way your kids can stay in contact with everyone.
- Emotional Support from Parents
Mom and dad are stressed too. But as you readjust to the difficult changes, staying emotionally available for your kids will let them know that you’re all in this together.
- Education Quality
The differences between the school-setting and home-setting can affect the way kids learn. Setting out a time where Mommy becomes the teacher and tolerates no funny business can keep them focused and on track.
- Lack of Physical Activity
Take walks, bike rides, or have indoor activity breaks to keep your kids moving!