Wondering how to keep the kids entertained AND work from home? Rest assured you are not alone! With the uncertainty over school closures, parents around the country are wondering the same thing.
Whilst it may be tempting to plop your child in front of the television so you can have some peace and quiet, it is important for your child to have structure, remain active and spend time outside if possible. This doesn’t mean you need to take on the role of teacher 8 hours a day – balancing family responsibilities, your job and your own feelings during the COVID-19 pandemic is enough to be going on with! However, creating some sort of structure for your family will not only help you cope with this new situation, it will provide your child with the security they need to minimise any anxiety they may be experiencing too.
Start by agreeing on a time that everyone needs to be awake, showered and dressed, ready for the day. If they have received any school work or are required to attend online classes, make sure to highlight these on your planner. Set aside some time for a family lunch, including time for you to prepare the meal together. Designate time for outdoor play if you have a garden or other outdoor area (if you are required to isolate from others, make sure to adhere to the latest advice from the relevant authorities). Specify times during which your child may watch television or use devices. This will help you to set some limits on your child’s screen time each day.
It’s important to remember that you are not alone in learning to adapt to this strange new world. Be sure to check in regularly with friends, family and other parents in your network. If you need additional support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. If you are unwell, please call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84). If you are in immediate danger, please call 000.