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Parenting During COVID-19: Tips to Help Your Family Through the Outbreak

Here are some parenting tips to help you survive and deal with this unprecedented time.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

Parenting is a tough job, pandemic or not. Don’t get me wrong, of course having kids is fulfilling and it provides joy to every family. But raising children can also be emotionally and mentally draining. It is a 24/7 job with no breaks and no vacations and the job doesn't end with taking good care of the kids.Parents do household chores and run errands too. They are the glue that sticks everything together. That can be pretty overwhelming.

Now that everyone is adhering to the "new normal", family life has dramatically changed, and keeping a sense of calm can be difficult during trying times like this. Fear, uncertainty, and being holed up at home add to the stress that parents might already be experiencing. If left unchecked, that can lead to burnout. We surely do not want that to happen cause our children rely on us for physical and emotional safety.

Here are some parenting tips to help you survive and deal with this unprecedented time.

  • Stay connected with your loved ones.

This is one of the necessary things you have to do during this pandemic. We are self-isolating to slow the spread of COVID-19 but it does not mean we will stay disconnected from our loved ones too. This time is actually a great time to connect with family and friends. With almost everything going digital now, there are many social media sites and tools you can use to communicate with others without going out of your living space. You can use Facebook, Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom. Social circles serve as one of our greatest systems of support so make sure to catch up with your loved ones from time to time or even only once in a while.

  • Help your children to better understand the situation.

When your kids see or hear frightening news on Tv or on social media, talk to them honestly and help them understand that more people are getting sick now but following the safety measures such as washing hands frequently and staying home will help your family to stay healthy.

  • Recognize your kid's feelings.

Help your children to work through issues by asking questions about what they are feeling, and let them know that it is fine to feel what they are feeling right now. It helps children feel good if they know that someone understands what they are going through.

  • Create a daily schedule.

Make a routine and designate a workspace for each member of your family that you think everyone can maintain on most days. Having to follow a schedule will give children a sense of normalcy during the pandemic.

  • Exchange tips with other parents.

Talk to your friends who are also parents and ask for their techniques in keeping their children focused and engaged. Collaborating with other parents will not only help you on your parenting job, but it can also help you feel less isolated.

  • Don't forget to connect with yourself too.

You are a hero for taking care of the whole family and keeping them safe and stress-free during this pandemic. But a hero needs a break too. Find time to relax and calm your mind. Do yoga, exercise, take a long bath or shower, read books, watch your favorite TV show, or whatever that you love doing.

  • Prioritize your well-being.

Doing your duty as a parent is more difficult when you lack sleep and are very stressed. Take care of your well-being by eating a balanced diet, doing some exercises, getting enough sleep at night, and taking some time to relax.

  • Extra hugs and quality time are great during this pandemic.

Offer your children extra hugs to make them feel loved, valued, and safe. Doing activities with them such as playing games, cooking meals together, or helping them with their school works can strengthen your relationship, and it will help children to become less stress about the situation.

We hope these tips will benefit both you and your kids in these difficult times. It is totally fine to feel stressed and anxious but try not to dwell on negative thoughts. To find more helpful tips and advice to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, check out Cleaning Corona.