Staying at Home: Tips for Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 has changed our world at large. For the past few months, families in the El Paso area have been required to stay at home whenever possible. Going out to buy groceries or to visit the doctor is still permitted, as long as face masks are worn while out and about. For many families, the concept of “home” has changed quite a bit since this situation took hold. Perhaps you’ve had to make the change to work from home and your children are being homeschooled, since schools closed for the time being. Being holed up indoors can make anyone go a little stir crazy, especially children who need to let off some steam.
Positive Ways to Deal with the Stay-At-Home Order as a Family
Now that we’re all spending more time indoors with our family, it’s necessary to know exactly how to deal with certain situations that may arise. Perhaps your kids are getting too rambunctious to deal with or maybe they’re starting to feel uncertain and scared about the future. That’s where El Paso Family and Pediatric Clinic comes into play. As one of El Paso’s foremost family clinics, we’re always looking out for the best interest of our patients and their families. For this reason, we’ve compiled a few tips to keep in mind amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Remember, we’re still open and ready to help.
This is an unprecedented time, and we’re all trying the best we can to go about living our lives how we normally would. For children, this pandemic may seem strange and incredibly foreign. The inability to go to the park, the movies, or simply to a friend’s house may not make a modicum of sense in their minds. Perhaps the idea of wearing a face mask in public brings about certain fear they can’t properly articulate. In these instances, it’s necessary for parents to appropriately assess the feast their children are facing and struggling with. This is the time for parents to provide calming answers so their children won’t go down dark paths in their minds. Instead of sugar-coating the situation, it’s necessary to speak about what’s going on while maintaining a positive outlook. Emphasize the importance of handwashing and staying at home as that’s the best thing we can all do to stop the spread.
One of the biggest issues kids may face is the inability to simply see their friends. This is where you as the parent can come in handy. Thanks to advancements in technology, we can see our friends and loved ones through FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, or any other video conference software. It might be a good idea to schedule a virtual gathering with friends, family, or both. This way, your kids will be able to stay in touch with her friends without feeling completely alone.
Maintain a Daily Structure
Now that your children are at home, it may be more difficult to create a sense of day-to-day normalcy. The previous structure of waking up, going to school, and coming home has been completely flipped on its head. As a parent, it’s your responsibility to build a structure for your child to feel as comfortable as possible during this pandemic. This way, your child will feel reassurance as the days go by. If your kids are sleeping in past noon and never change out of their pajamas, then it’s time to make a change!
Set a daily time to wake up, change, eat breakfast as a family, and play. This is also a great time to create a chore plan so your children won’t feel like there’s nothing to do. Remember to reward your children with playtime or snacks if they complete their daily chores, this will create positive reinforcement for the completion of the chores. Now that the entire family is together under one roof it should be much easier to have family time and make that a normal aspect of daily life. Perhaps you can choose to read as a family or watch a television show or movie everyone enjoys. If you’re unsure about how to structure your family’s new life at home, don’t fret. There are countless resources online outlining exactly what you should do to succeed during this pandemic.
El Paso Family and Pediatric Clinic is Here to Help
These are just a few ways to create a sense of normalcy in your household during the COVID-19 pandemic. The El Paso Family and Pediatric Clinic team is working round the clock to provide families in the El Paso area with the best medical care possible. Remember to wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your face, and wear a facemask whenever you’re out in public. We’ll get through this together and come out stronger once it’s all over. Give us a call today if you’d like to learn more about COVID-19.