This is the last in a series of blogs on the current situation with COVID-19 and your children from the interview with Dr. Robin Gurwitch, Ph.D, a psychologist and professor at Duke University Medical Center and Yahoo News.
- Maintain routine as much as possible: This means bedtimes, mealtimes and behavior rules. Getting good rest and eating healthy is important for overall health.
- Consider implementing designated family time for a family activity as part of your routine. Give each family member a turn to choose this activity.
- Take a break: It is important to take a break from COVID-19 coverage and discussions. Do this by doing activities you usually do when you are stressed or anxious. Activities like meditating, watching a movie, reading a book, working on puzzles, art, journaling, gardening or listening to music are all great ways to take a break from the news.
- Be a role model: Children look to you to determine how they should be coping. Being a good role model can reduce children’s worries. Be sure you have adults to talk to about your concerns (out of earshot of your child). If you need professional support for your distress, there are hotlines that are available 24/7.
- When in doubt, approach things with a little extra patience, attention and love: These will go a long way to reduce your child’s distress. We can all benefit from these three qualities.
- Something humorous by Jimmy Fallon on handwashing to watch