It’s been nearly a year and a half since the COVID pandemic took hold of our lives in 2020. I imagine you recall the worry you must have felt as a parent, wondering how to best keep your little one(s) safe.
While it has been almost a year and half since restricted travel, curfews, and lockdowns around the world, we are still not out of the woods. Millions of people still lack access to vaccines and vaccines still remain unapproved for younger children. The new Delta variant also has begun to spread. People know about its high level of contagion and fast spread around the world.
However, as a parent it is important to keep your cool since your child will be looking to you for direction. Remember anxiety and fear can be contagious too, and you don’t want your little one to worry.
First things first, brush up on good hygiene with your little one. Practice washing your hands frequently and thoroughly. Remember to wash between the fingers, under the nails, and both palms and knuckles of the hand. To make it more fun for your child, sing a song, since hand washing should take 20-30 seconds.
When out and about, bring hand sanitizer and if your little one is going back to school, make sure to pack it in their bag daily. A face mask is also a must have for children. Encourage its use when in public or close to people outside your household. Also, remind your little ones of social distancing. Count how many big steps they must take to be about 5 feet away from someone to help them understand.
If your child has anxiety or is nervous about current events, practice coping mechanisms with them such as deep breathing stories with Storybook. Read stories that promote good emotional intelligence to help your little communicate how they are feeling, and be a constant support for them in these uncertain times.
Keep to your routines as much as possible since routines give children a sense of security and safety. And remember there is no better way to end the day and compliment your bedtime routine than a story and massage with Storybook.