In stressful times, predictability and rituals help children and adults alike. Here are some points that help prevent stress-overload and give both yourself and your children a sense of security.
Take time for self-care! Children look to us for security. How you manage stress is key to how your children will deal with the situation.
Drawing up a plan together will make it easier for all family members to stick to it. Involving your children will give them a much-needed sense of control. Hang it up where everyone can see it.
Set a regular time to get up on weekdays. Maybe you can get up before the kids and get some time to yourself?
Stick to your usual morning routines. When children put on their “daytime clothes”, it helps structure the rest of the day.
What activities are on your weekday list? Put together a list that has a good balance between obligations and fun. Hang up a wish list where your kids can make suggestions. How much time is allocated to schoolwork and how much time to play (and quiet time for parents working from home)?
Get as much physical activity as possible, indoors and outside – at least one race around the block! Movement that gets our hearts pumping is important because it helps us reduce stress. If you can’t leave the house, give kids a chance to be wild and feel how strong they are indoors. Dancing, acrobat contests, weightlifting – you know best what they enjoy!
Try to have meals at regular times to structure the day. Involve children in cooking to give them the opportunity to smell, feel, taste and listen to things connected with wellbeing.
What opportunities do you have to get sunlight and fresh air? Soaking up sunlight in the morning helps everyone sleep better at night. This is especially true for babies.
Sticking to kid’s usual bedtimes can help parents find time to unwind at the end of the day.
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