When establishing a structured learning environment at home, there are two main things to consider: your child’s age and interests. As your child’s parent or caregiver, you are the person who knows them best. A younger child may thrive best surrounded by books and fun manipulatives, while a student in middle or high school may only require a well-lit desk area to complete their distance learning assignments. For additional insights into creating a learning environment in your home, follow this link. This article by Action for Healthy Kids contains a list of tools and resources specific to transitioning the learning environment during COVID-19.
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Many children respond well to structure and healthy routines; this has traditionally always been the case, even more so now that we are living through a global pandemic. Though it is difficult during these challenging, unprecedented times, attempting to create a sense of calm is important to helping children feel safe, both emotionally and physically. The American Academy of Physicians (AAP) recommends the following for parenting during a pandemic:
- Address your child’s fears by listening to their questions and responding to the best of your ability, then modeling how to manage feelings of fear and anxiety.
- Establish and maintain healthy routines for at-home learning, mealtimes, chores, free time, and bedtimes.
- Use positive discipline, recognizing that many of us us are experiencing heightened anxiety, children included
- Take care of yourself by finding ways to decompress.
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