As a parent, your number-one priority is to do everything in your power to keep your kids safe and healthy — and nowadays, that includes social distancing. However, it can be really, really tough to be stuck at home, particularly for kids.
So, assuming that you and your family are not venturing out into public very often, what can you do to keep your kids learning, active, and entertained at home? And how can you help your child cope emotionally with social distancing guidelines? Read on for helpful tools and tips.
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Helping Your Child Manage Anxiety
Social distancing can be unfamiliar territory for children and may result in high levels of stress and anxiety. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America explains there are many things you can do as a parent to help your child deal with anxiety. This includes paying attention to their feelings and checking your expectations at the door during stressful experiences. Most importantly, always maintain an open line of communication with your child.
WorryWiseKids.org encourages parents to continually stress that all feelings are OK and that it’s perfectly acceptable to express those feelings. Sometimes, your child will need additional coping mechanisms in order to work through their emotional turmoil. Here are a few healthy suggestions for them to help alleviate depression, anxiety, and stress:
Being stuck at home isn’t easy for anyone, but it can be downright miserable and stressful for children. Cooking as a family, modifying your backyard for safety and fun, and investing in a few video games are just a few of the many ways that you can keep your kids occupied and healthy while staying home. In addition, choosing relaxing activities and communicating openly with your children on a daily basis can help them calm anxiety and reduce stress.
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