During these uncertain times, many parents and guardians are in search of the best ways to help kids and adults deal with stress and anxiety. To better support our community, we’ve compiled some of our most frequently asked questions (FAQs) and responded with practical ways parents and guardians can set their children, families, and yes, even themselves, up for success.
Establish a routine for sleeping, getting out of bed, eating, studying, cleaning, alone time, and fun time. Designate a place for studying with minimal distractions. Be consistent. Review and adjust your schedule as needed. Click here for a helpful video.
Carve out blocks of time for each activity. Be flexible. Don’t worry if activity takes longer than expected; simply adjust schedule accordingly. Focus on harder tasks in the morning when you have more energy.
Kids crave routine. It helps ease anxiety and creates structure in this chaotic time.
Don’t be discouraged if you are met with resistance from your child; change can be hard at first. Be patient with yourself and your child. Start slowly, and work your way up to a stricter schedule that works best for both of you.
Ask about their concerns/questions. Communicate that you are doing your best and that you know they are doing their best, too!
Make sure kids are wearing masks in public and practicing social distancing. Normalize the idea of wearing them. Encourage them to not worry about it by not making it a big deal and having a good attitude about staying healthy.
For little ones, ask teachers for a picture of themselves with and without a mask, so your child can begin to recognize them either way. This will help uneasy/scared children feel better
Normalize the fact that every family has different concerns during this pandemic, therefore every family will have different rules and expectations.
Write out your specific rules and expectations, and post them somewhere your child can easily see and reference. Collaborate with your child, and ask for their opinions/concerns.
If needed, have a conversation with your child. “Look at the board—remember, this is what our family is doing to stay safe and protect others. Your friends might have different rules, and we have to make sure we are sticking to ours, even if they look different.”