It's not easy.

Everyone was on edge today when the announcement that schools would remain closed for the rest of the year and now the entire state would be shelter in place. Since our state lacks tests for everyone, carriers of COVID19 are still walking around clueless, especially the asymptomatic.

Today was a day for venting. Tomorrow, back to schedule. Trying to lower expectations, but also be productive.

Something helpful I came across:


Tips for Parents During COVID-19 Pandemic

1. Limit Media and Social Media Exposure – This is good advice for people of all ages. The target
audience of media outlets is adults, so their broadcasts can cause even more confusion and anxiety for
younger children.
2. Have a Routine – With school being out, it is important to establish a new daily routine. Wake up, get
dressed, complete distance learning school work, eat meals, and go to bed at the same time each day.
Create a schedule that includes these things plus relaxation time, chores, exercise, creative time, etc.
3. Allow Your Child to be in Closer Proximity to You – With so much change and uncertainty, children
may need additional reassurance.
4. Make Time to Allow Your Child to Talk About How They are Feeling – Ask open ended questions,
listen without interruption and avoid the temptation to quickly provide a solution to their concerns.
5. Provide Factual Reassurance AFTER They Have Had a Chance to Express How They are Feeling –
Honesty and accuracy is critical. Facts to consider sharing:
 Most people do not have COVID-19 and most people who have it don’t get seriously ill.
 We can control the spread of the disease by washing our hands and avoiding contact with
people who have it.
 The nation’s best medical professionals are working to help people with COVID-19 some of
which are right here in Georgia.
 If true, remind them that everyone in their family is fine.
6. Tell Your Children You Love Them and Spend More Time with Them – Make more time than usual to
share activities together; play games, read to each other, watch a movie or TV show, create art, make
crafts, sing and dance, go for a walk outside. There are many free online resources to help generate
ideas.
7. Encourage Teens to Do Stress Reducing Activities – Read, journal, write poetry or short stories, draw,
exercise, listen to music, or simply close their eyes and focus on taking slow deep breaths.
8. As Much as Possible, Have Your Child Eat Healthy Well-Balanced Meals – This has an impact on
mental and physical health.
9. If You Have Concerns, Reach Out to Your Child’s School Counselor – If your school district is doing
some kind of distance learning, chances are the school counselor is working from home and is prepared
to support you and your child during this difficult time. Reach out to them via their school email address.
Keep in mind each school district has its own set of criteria for school counselor ability during this time.

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