Structure means safety – and better breaks for parents!

Adapting to this new situation is full of potential challenges, as parents, couples and children. These tips are meant to help prevent stress and give children a sense of security. 

Take time for self-care! Children look to us for security. How you manage stress is key to how your children will deal with the situation.

Drawing up a plan together will make it easier for all family members to stick to it. Involving your children will give them a much-needed sense of control.

Set a regular time to get up on weekdays. Maybe you can get up before the kids, so you can have some time to yourself?

Stick to your usual morning routines. When children put on their “daytime clothes”, it gives the day a structure and helps maintain a sense of normalcy.

What activities are on your weekday list? Put together a list that has a good balance between obligations and fun. Hang up a wish list where your kids can make suggestions.How much time is allocated to schoolwork and how much time to play (and quiet time for parents working from home)?

Get as much physical activity as possible, indoors and outside – at least one race around the block! Movement that gets our hearts pumping is important because it helps us reduce stress. If you can’t leave the house, give kids a chance to be wild and feel how strong they are indoors. Dancing, acrobat contests, weightlifting – you know best what they enjoy!

Try to have meals at the same times you usually do. Involve children in cooking to give them the opportunity to smell, feel, taste and listen to things connected with wellbeing. 

What opportunities do you have to get sunlight and fresh air? Soaking up sunlight in the morning helps everyone sleep better at night. This is especially true for babies.

Sticking to kid’s usual bedtimes can help parents find time to unwind at the end of the day.

These are suggestions that you may already be doing. How are things going for you in your family? Do you have tips of your own for our community? Leave us a comment – we’d love to hear them! 

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