Responsible parenting tips about COVID19: 6 Tips to assist you in protecting and comforting your children.
Covid 19 has destroyed the usual way of life with schools closed up. Parents are currently feeling overwhelmed in caring for their children, especially at this time of the pandemic. The children are also feeling anxious about their well-being. The COVID 19 statistics worldwide have proven that the disease does not discriminate on age, gender, race, region. It is a particular concern to parents how they can take care of their sons and daughters to prevent them from getting infected by covid 19.
Scientifically, children’s immune system is relatively low, and therefore, they fall under vulnerable groups who need special attention in the fight against the disease. Most children do not understand why they are at home, and they should be in school. In many countries, most schools have been closed indefinitely, and parents will have to bear the burden of caring for their children. By now, parents have felt the crucial role of teachers in caring for the children. However, all is not lost. In this article, you will get to know a few tips on protecting your child during this pandemic.
1. Check whether your children are exposed to or spreading fake news about COVID 19.
The outbreak of covid 19 has come with a lot of fake news regarding the disease’s spread. Children can get this false news from their friends or social media. One of the fake news these children can get is that covid 19 does not affect children. You can imagine the extent to which this can affect the behavior and reduce your effort to protect him or her against covid 19.
When children get exposed to the fake news that is not vulnerable, they will behave without considering containment measures; however, much you as a parent, you try to guide them. Therefore, it calls for consistent conversation between the parent and their children. During this conversation, you can give your child time to share information they know about the pandemic regarding its spread and preventive measures. As a parent, you will have an opportunity to correct any misinformation from your child.
On the other hand, as a parent, you can always create time to keep your children informed of the pandemic’s myths and misconceptions. The mistakes come in daily, and you as a parent, you have to take the lead of being notified of any update concerning coronavirus.
2. Engage your child in compassionate works.
As a parent, it is essential to instill the spirit of generosity and kindness during this pandemic. COVID 19 has caused an immense effect on the country’s economies with massive loss of jobs. People are suffering, and therefore, it calls for us to embrace one another with the little you have. Consequently, children must know that this is when people are helping one another. You can also share stories of young people, scientists, healthcare workers, pastors, youth, among others who are helping in containing the spread of the disease and keeping our society safe. It will be of great comfort to the child if they get to know that compassion is indeed taking action.
3. Home guiding and counseling.
Right now, the children are not only vulnerable to the disease but also other psychological distress and anxiety. It is important not to assume that only protecting your child or teaching them about preventive measures would be enough. Do not leave your children in a state of distress. Please bring your children closer so that they are free to share with you any state of discomfort. Remember, you have to be approachable any time and show your children that you are available any time they feel anxious. Be a listening parent.
4. Lead by example by taking care of yourself
It is crucial to living by the instructions you give to your children in containing the spread of covid 19 in your family. You have to make them aware that some cultures are never the same again due to the pandemic. A good example is a parent who works in the office out of your home. When you come back in the evening if your children had a culture of welcoming you back home by hags or any form of physical contact. However, you need to suspend it and explain to them why that is so.
You can’t instruct your child to wear a mask any time they leave the house if they see you going to work every morning without wearing the mask. If you feel upset, it is advisable to seek help from your religious leaders, other family members, friends, or any person you trust within your community. You won’t be able to be a responsible parent if you are not relaxed and comfortable.
5. Show your children how to protect themselves and their community
It would be best to encourage general cleanliness to your children to keep them safe from contacting covid 19 and other infections. You can make your children sing along with the adverts in the Televisions that guide how to do proper handwashing to the learning fan. You can also be creative in a way or a dance move that can effectively pass the message to the children.
6. Proper Diet.
One of the best ways to prevent yourself is to follow a proper diet plan with your children. It has been argued that people who have weak immunity are more vulnerable, and they develop severe clinical complications when they are infected by coronavirus disease. Therefore, having a proper diet program will help boost the immunity of the children. A good parent should guide the children on a diet they should take to boost their immunity. It is advisable to eat all types of food (carbohydrates, proteins, fats) in every meal with the inclusion of fruits and vegetables.
In conclusion, children are vulnerable to coronavirus disease. However, having supportive and open discussions with your children at home can be essential to the children to reduce the risk of contracting the disease.