PARENTING 101. WHEN YOU GET ANGRY

We love our children and teenagers, but the stresses of COVID-19, money and lock down can make us angry. Here is how we can maintain control and manage our anger so we do not hurt others. Brain science shows if you control your anger or do something positive you increase your child’s brain development. That’s […]

QUALITY TIME DURING COVID

ONE-ON-ONE TIME DURING COVID-19 Can’t go to work? Schools closed? Worried about money? It is normal to feel stressed and overwhelmed.  School shutdown is also a chance to make better relationships with our children and teenagers. One-on-One time is free and fun. It makes children feel loved and secure, and shows them that they are […]

PARENTING TEENS DURING COVID

Adolescents may be missing school, friends and their social life. It is important to provide them with extra support as well as the space to express themselves independently. Spend time with your teen  Plan creative ways to communicate with friends and family (e.g. writing messages or drawing pictures). Cook a favorite meal together. Exercise together to their […]

PARENTING CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

All children, including those with disabilities, need love, respect, nurturing, and time, especially during difficult and uncertain times.  Keep your child safe It is strongly recommended that you follow local guidelines for COVID-19 while helping your child stay as active as possible both indoors and outdoors. Ask your local support team or intervention centers about […]

PARENTING A NEW BABY DURING COVID

We spend a lot of time indoors with a young baby and COVID-19 makes it much more intense. It is completely normal to feel isolated, overwhelmed, anxious, and scared for you and your baby.  Sharing is caring Use social media, phone calls and anything at your disposal to reach out and connect with others. Take turns with […]

PARENTAL BURN OUT DURING COVID .. YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Many parents and others taking care of children are being asked to do the impossible right now. We must raise our kids in the most terrifying of times. Home school them amid the chaos and in many cases work from home while doing it. There is no end in sight and we are not okay. […]

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

Millions of children since school closure are in isolation in their own home. This tip is about learning through play – something that can be fun for all ages! Types of play There are so many different types of play that can be both fun AND educational. Language, numbers, objects, drama and music games give children opportunities […]

KEEPING IT POSITIVE DURING COVID

It‘s hard to feel positive when our kids or teenagers are driving us crazy. We often end up saying “Stop doing that!”. But children are much more likely to do what we ask if we give them positive instructions and lots of praise for what they do right. Say the behavior you want to see  […]

KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE

Children and teens are now spending a lot more time online. Being connected helps them reduce the impact of COVID-19 and encourages them to continue with their lives…but it also presents risks and dangers. Online risks Adults targeting children for sexual purposes on social media, gaming, and messaging platforms. Harmful content – violence, misogyny, xenophobia, inciting […]

COVID-19 WHY STRUCTURE IS IMPORTANT

Get structured  COVID-19 has taken away our daily work, home and school routines. This is hard for children, teenagers and for you. Making new routines can help. Create a flexible but consistent daily routine Make a schedule for you and your children that has time for structured activities as well as free time. This can […]