Supporting your child's emotional needs
Your child is probably feeling confused and anxious during this crisis. Below are links to sites that offer advice and practical ideas on how to support your child emotionally during this time.
A good way to reassure your child is to discuss how our immune system works. The below link has a video that explains this in a child friendly way.
What should I do with my child at home?
We are all trying to adjust to the current situation. As parents, just try your best until the Coronavirus runs its course. Below are some tips to help you and your child in the coming weeks.
- Structure. Decide with your child what the days will look like. Set up specific times for reading, school work, chores, independent free time including access to phones/game consoles, family time, meals and bedtime. Like every teacher, write it down and display the timetable.
- Make time for yourself. It is important that you allow yourself to have some time. You can then complete chores or just re-charge your battery whilst your child entertains themselves.
- Go for a walk. Families who live together are allowed to go out once a day for exercise. Play games such as I spy as you walk.
- Play together. Watch TV together or share an electronic game or two. This would also be a great time to watch old family videos. Connecting with happier times is always good for our mental health.
- Stick to a sleep schedule. While it might be tempting for your older children to stay up late every night and sleep late every morning, that’s not going to be beneficial to their physical and mental health. You’ll also be left with very moody children the next day. Stick with your bedtime schedule.
- Limit the news. For your own mental health, and the mental health of your children, limit the intake of news. Constantly following the latest coronavirus news will only increase the entire family’s anxiety.
Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?
There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
- Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
- Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)