The COVID-19 Pandemic has created difficult challenges, unforeseen circumstances, and big changes, which have proven to make parenting an even more difficult task. We have seen fear and discomfort grow in our children as they have been stuck at home and lost all sense of routine. We know how difficult parenting can be, even before the pandemic, here are some tips to help manage your child’s feelings of discomfort, create healthy routines, and build positive parenting habits.
- Structure the day. As much as possible, create a routine for your children. Set a regular wake up and bedtime, follow a structured morning routine, leave time for schoolwork and play, and set time to socialize with friends online to ensure proper social interaction. If you child is older, ask them to help create and set the schedule with you to give them ownership of their days.
- Use positive discipline. The pandemic has heightened anxiety and worry in everyone, which in kids can lead to bad behaviors. Some things you can try are redirecting bad behaviors, spend more time praising good behaviors, and use rewards and privileges.
- Take care of yourself. It is so important for parents to take care of their own physical and mental health. Make sure there is time in your schedule to eat healthy, exercise, get enough sleep, and do something for your own enjoyment.
- Look forward. This helps address your child’s fear. Some ways to do this include, discussing how scientists are working hard to figure out how to help people, discuss things they hope to do in the coming months and years, and ensure them that things will get better.
- Offer more hugs and love. Heightened stress and worry call for extra care. Say “I love you” more often, set aside special time for each child to give attention and whatever else they may need. Always make sure you ask before giving a hug to help teach your children consent.
Looking for more help with parenting? We have started the Incredible Years Parenting Program at Dawson Place. This course provides parents and caregivers important information on parenting and how to be a successful parent. For more information contact ParentTraining@DawsonPlace.org.