As our communities grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all in shock, feeling slightly (or very) panicked, and now we are all full-time caretakers of our kiddos. To all the stay-at-home parents out there: I’ve always respected how much you work, but now living it in the flesh, you guys are amazing.
As I type this, my kiddo is on FaceTime roaring at his cousin who lives in Denver. It is loud, endearing, and makes me think that we are gonna get through this. Social distancing in the age of technology means that we can find means to have social interaction while not being in the same room. Thank God for this.
My city has basically cancelled everything for 3 weeks and health officials have recommended social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. My first thought was “I can’t have my kiddo watch TV all day for 3 weeks.” While I’m not opposed to screen time, believe me, I need my kiddo to be entertained while I get things done! But I decided to ask friends, family, and social media for tips, activities, and resources to keep a semblance of structure during this time. I have also been on the lookout for advice on talking with our kids and our own self-care.
Let’s Talk With Our Kiddos and Care for Ourselves
I was talking to my son’s daycare teachers yesterday, and they were telling me that the kids as young as 2 years old, were asking what a “virus” is. The kids are aware, and we need to include them in these conversations at an age-appropriate level. It’s really important to address our kids’ questions, fears, and anxieties, while also taking care of ourselves as parents and caretakers. Here are several helpful resources:
Daniel Tiger App for Parents (Designed with busy parents in mind, the app is simple, educational and entertaining for caregivers and children. It features over two dozen Daniel Tiger songs, supporting videos from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and helpful hints for parents about the important skills children need to be ready for school and life.)
List of Activities
Since I have a toddler, much of what I’ve found is geared towards Pre-K, but if you have any tips, activities, and resources for the older kids, please reach out and I’ll be happy to include in this list.
If you have any suggestions, and would like to add to this list, please reach out!!
God bless, and remember to keep social distance, stay home, wash your hands for 20 seconds (No Scrubs chorus 2x LOL)!