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8 Tips for Parents During COVID-19

8 Tips for Parents During COVID-19

1. Set at least one daily goal: Call a friend, clean out a dresser drawer, dance with your children, etc. Set an achievable goal creates a routine where there is no routine.

2. Find an enjoyable element in your day: Eat something delicious, watch a comedy show or movie, take a bath, go for a walk on a sunny day. Try to do different enjoyable things each day to keep things fresh in your daily routine.

3. Do a wellness check on yourself and your children. Count your breaths slowly from one to twenty. Sit comfortably, close your eyes and focus your thoughts on something beautiful - flowers, a beach, your friends laugh and sunrise. Sit on the floor and stretch your hands toward your toes, then lay your back to the floor and stretch your toes and fingers in the opposite direction.

4. Limit how much you watch the news. If possible, only allow yourself to watch one news program per day to get updates on what matters in your life. Also, turn off notifications and check the alerts once a day.

5. Turn your anxiety into service. When you are feeling anxiety, do something to help someone else. Call a friend who may be away from their family and chat with them for a while. Ask a neighbor or elder in your community if they need someone to go to the store for them. Make an extra helping of your lunch to offer to a neighbor who may be short on food.

6. Go to YouTube University. Access YouTube from your phone, tablet or computer. Use YouTube to watched guided videos of all kinds. Follow simple instructions on everything from how to organize your refrigerator to 3-minute meditation to how to make a candle out of bits of soap.

7. Go to brunch, happy hour or a birthday party virtually. Use FaceTime, Zoom, WhatsApp or even Facebook Messenger to celebrate, share a meal or talk face-to-face with your besties. Remember, you can also set up a get-together for your children and their school pals.

8. Play board games and card games. Video games are fun but playing actual board or card games is a good way to bring everyone in the house together and lift everyone’s spirits. Don’t worry if you don’t have board games or Uno cards. Here are nine games you can play as a family with only pen and paper. https://matadornetwork.com/life/boardless-cardless-games/

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View our additional 'Resources For Students & Parents for Dealing with COVID-19 here.


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