This entire year has been a whirlwind, y’all. I still can’t believe how much life has changed in such a short amount of time. Like the rest of the world, I’m trying to make the best out of the situation. One thing that’s been surprisingly difficult, however, is keeping up with my little ones. I’ll admit, I’ve struggled with helping them through the pandemic at times. However, about a month ago, I sat down and promised myself that I would do better. Now, I’d like to share my parenting tips during the COVID-19 outbreak with other parents who may be having a hard time too.
My family and I were stir-crazy after a week of being inside, y’all. Though, I eventually figured out how to navigate being at home with the kiddos. The number one thing to keep in mind is that you have to stay busy. You may find yourself getting more anxious and depressed if you lay on the couch all day. So, parents, try your hardest to be creative. Crafting, for example, is the perfect indoor activity. Those of y’all looking to get outside should consider setting up a backyard waterpark. Your youngsters will have a blast running through the sprinkler to catch a break from the summer heat.
Talk it Out
I tried to avoid talking to my children about things at the beginning of the pandemic. There was so much uncertainty in the air; I didn’t want to scare them. However, there came a time when silence was no longer an option. A few weeks ago, I sat down with my kids and tried to answer any question they had. I strongly encourage other parents to the same. After the conversation, I realized I had been avoiding it for so long because I was afraid, not them. I told my kiddos that there’s still so much that’s unknown about COVID-19, but I also reassured them we’ll get through this together.
Follow CDC Guidelines
We may be on the brink of normalcy again, y’all. Businesses across the country are reopening their doors, and I hope my little ones can go back to school in the fall. However, a crucial parenting tip during the COVID-19 outbreak is to follow CDC guidelines. We all should do our part to slow the spread of the virus. This means wearing a mask in public and washing your hands for twenty seconds at a time. Please, make sure your children know how important it is to follow the rules. My munchkins hate putting on their masks. Yet, they pipe down when I tell them it’s the only way they can return to school and see their pals.