Parenting During Covid-19 (coronavirus)

Covid-19, the latest coronavirus that has led to a worldwide pandemic, its impacting us all. With schools closed and many people forced to work from home, families are doing their best to stay healthy and sane. As a mama of a 2 & half-year-old toddler currently on EXTENDED maternity leave I’m sharing my tips for keeping alive and sane while at home. Remember — we are all in this together. Practice healthy habits – washing hands, social distancing, and sneezing/ coughing into elbow/ arm. Let’s flatten the curve, together!

1. Create a daily structure that flows with your family’s schedule (rhythm). Have a “just right” schedule not too much or too little planned. After each activity and meal wash your hands and your kiddos too. Make it fun, sing a song, dance to the sink, whatever you have to do to encourage healthy habits. Song: “Washing, washing, washing. Washing hands so clean (and repeat), (Child’s name), your hands are so clean!” *Indoor activities – paint/ draw/ color, read, games, sports, puzzles, throw/ catch, clean-up. Outdoor activities – sports, garden, run, kick, throw/ catch, bike, slide/ swings, clean-up*
2. Maximize your time outdoors. Children love digging dirt and touching plants, flowers, and dirt with their hands. You can also buy them their own hand shovel and garden gloves. My son likes when I dig a hole and he puts in the bulb and then he closes the hole. He has a small rake his size and other garden tools. If you plan to go shopping, do it really early to avoid people, social distancing.
3. Break large projects up into smaller parts. If you want to clean or organize bedrooms, focus on breaking tasks down so you aren’t overwhelmed & your daily schedule is thrown off.
4. Working from home – GOOD LUCK! While many parents work from home & take on full-time child rearing responsibility I have no clue how that is possible. Instead of making yourself crazy “working from home” focus on maximizing nap time and after they go to bed.
5. Most importantly, stay safe. Limit screen time and don’t consume news in front of kiddos. The news is stressful and we do not need to know what’s going on but now minute by minute. Too much news, social media, & screen time will put you in a bad mood and thus impact your overall behavior towards you child/ children.

Health Tips
-Covid-19 is very contagious, one of the first signs is a fever. To reduce your fever (or child’s) it is recommended to take paracetamol/ Acetaminophen (Tylenol). DO NOT take ibuprofen (read active ingredient on label).
-Wash your hands (& your child’s) for 20 seconds, cut fingernails short & remember to wash fingernails & thumbs.
-Cough/ sneeze into arm or elbow.
-Use any kind of hand soap to wash hands or hand sanitizer with 70% alcohol.
-Exercise and take walks outside.
-Keep 6-feet distance from people who do not live with you (social distancing).
-Refrain from visiting family & friends, socialize from afar with neighbors.
-Limit news consumption & screen time in front of children.
-Donate much needed hospital supplies (masks, gloves, scubs, etc) to local hospitals/ nursing homes.
-There is currently no vaccine, medicine, or antibiotics for Covid-19, be safe!

“CDC Symptoms
Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Watch for symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.” (

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