It can be challenging for kids to enter the summer under a quarantine. However, our Cohen Clinic's Case Manager, Ashley Tatum, who is a veteran, active duty military spouse and mom, provides tips to help military children cope during these challenging times.
- Have a routine. Kids thrive on routine. Knowing what is going to happen makes things easier. Keeping a similar routine for things like nap time and bed time make the transition from having fun to time to rest. For older kids, its easier for them to know that there is a regular bed time they are expected to keep.
- Play games. Not only are board games and card games fun, they can also teach valuable lessons. Monopoly can teach math (and patience!), Guess Who can teach descriptive words, Jenga can teach focus and Connect 4 teaches strategy. Turn off the TV and enjoy playing games with your kids. Its important that they see us have fun too!
- Take time to relax. As adults we hear about self care often. Our kids need that, too. Some examples of this are a Disney movie marathon, baking your kids favorite dessert, or letting them skip chores for a day.
- Get outside. Fresh air and vitamin D are both important for our well-being. Take a walk with the kids and let them set the pace. When you slow down, you’ll be amazed at how many things you don’t normally notice!
- Get in the kitchen! Let the kids help cook. This can be a learning experience as well as a way to get them to try new foods.
- Let them socialize, virtually. Having Zoom/Facetime calls with friends and family members can help us still feel connected while we are practicing social distancing.
- Look for resources. Many organizations are providing resources to help families get through these challenging times. Sesame Street, for example, has created content to help kids deal with COVID-19. For more information, visit sesamestreet.org/caring
As our country starts opening up, know that transitioning back to ‘normal’ can be overwhelming. If you feel your child needs help with these big changes, please reach out to us!