Helping Your Family Navigate COVID-19
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, social distancing is one of the key strategies in “flattening the curve” of infection rates. This involves individuals or families staying within their homes or distancing themselves from others. With routines disrupted and families thrown into close quarters, it is important to ensure that your family is happy, healthy, and well.
How to talk to your children about COVID-19
Regardless of the age of your child, there are some important steps you can take to ensure you are giving the correct information without causing unnecessary alarm.
It’s important to remember that experts encourage parents to listen to and empathize with their children’s fears, speak truthfully about the situation in an age-appropriate manner and put the situation into context.
Keeping Families Active and Healthy
With the closure of schools and workplaces, many more families face the prospect of long periods of time at home and secluded from others. It is still important to participate in healthy activities, even if the very important social distancing is a hurdle. Some other ways parents can keep families active and healthy include:
Maintaining a Routine
To reduce anxiety and fear in your children, try to keep their schedule as routine as a school day. This video with Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space will provide some tips to keep your child engaged and learning during the extended break.
If you wish to keep your children engaged with their academics, Scholastic has introduced a Learn at Home program, with day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. The program is available for children beginning in PreK, and beyond Grade 6.
A few tips to maintaining a routine include:
Supports for Employees and Families
The developing circumstances around the global COVID-19 pandemic are uncertain and can create worry and difficult situations for some people. Employees are encouraged to connect with their supervisors if they have questions. Information is also updated regularly in the FAQs on the Human Resources COVID-19 webpage.
Resources and supports for employees and their families are also available through Homewood Health, our Employee & Family Assistance Plan Provider.