Here are some tips about navigating this unprecedented time with your preschooler!
- manage your own stress – children get their cues from the adults in their lives. Take deep breaths, maintain an upbeat attitude, and play with your kids – research shows that adults’ stress levels decline significantly during play too!
- turn off the news or anywhere children can hear and see the constant coverage which can be misinterpreted and overwhelming for everyone
- if your child asks, keep your answers simple. When possible, ask them what they think or know about what is happening. Once you understand their perception, you can answer their specific concerns and not overload them with information
- Here are some suggestions of simple phrases that can help
- “school is closed to keep all of the children and teachers healthy”
- “I’m so happy that we are all strong and taking care of ourselves. That will help to keep us healthy “
- if someone in your family is sick with the flu a cold, reassure the children that the doctor and your family will make sure that they will get better after they rest and take medicine
- establish and maintain a routine. Children take great comfort from predictability and routine (like the morning greetings we do at preschool!). Stick to the children’s bedtimes, regular mealtimes, and other daily routines
- get outside with the kids. Take advantage of the comfortable temperatures. Children need movement to keep their brains “tuned in” and ready to learn and play!
Feel free to reach out with questions or to share your experiences and tips! We’re all in this together!