Keeping the Kids Composed

April 17, 2020
Read time: 2 mins

During the last few weeks, we’ve seen tons of ideas on how. How we can adjust to working from home. How to homeschool while getting our 9 to 5 done. How to navigate these choppy waters.

This week let’s talk about how: the kid edition.

Whether they are littles thrilled to have the family together all the time or older and missing their besties, each age has their own way of dealing with what’s going on.

Many kids are missing out on cool things they’re supposed to be doing, like spring sports, those fun end-of-the-year parties and the field trips they’ve been planning. How about the missed experiences that really sting because there are no do-overs, like proms, graduations and summer internships? Standing in the kids’ shoes, this stinks.

So, what can parents do to help? Here are a few tips to consider until we get to the other side of the quarantine.

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Talk it out. Talk about their feelings and concerns. Agree with them when they are right, even if what they are saying is hard to hear. Talk about ways they can cope with what’s going on. When things change, fill them in.

Stay connected. Try to do something “social’ with the kids every day, like FaceTime, Zoom, call or snap with friends and relatives. 

Cool it on the news. Limiting the information that’s coming in can help calm the stress levels for everyone. Keep them in the loop without information overload.

Control your anxiety. Seeing a parent upset can be, well, upsetting. Keep it together in front of the kids and give yourself a well-deserved break in a private spot when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Reassure away. Tell those family stories of when the basement flooded or when the car was broken into and things felt tough and scary. Remind them how you all got through it together just fine, and you will get through this too.

Be Resilient. COVID-19 may have knocked us down, but it won’t keep us here for long. Staying upbeat and creative goes a long way. It’ll rub off on kids of all ages.