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Everyday Motherhood


Mar 6, 2020

 

Corona Virus and Your Family

Episode 74

 

Part One: Talking With Our Kids about Corona Virus

 

  • Manage your own stress
  • How old are your kids?
  • Talk with them at an age appropriate way. Be calm and reassuring.

Is the news to scary for our kids? https://parenting.nytimes.com/culture/kids-current-events

Under age 7, focus on health basics unless your kids ask you.  And if they ask you about it first start by asking them what they know.

Over age 7, bring it up, ask what they know.  Start where they are and share resources that are age appropriate.  Be truthful and let them know that you take them serious. 

 

NPR Comic: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

Brain Pop: https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR2GvXjTXSp1Gd3vIhr9aIbHeIuyLFqSNxJNhjwm1OvrwBT6yukJqiOpbzE

Dr Binocs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-JbDMYmAQM

Dr. Tina Bryson: https://www.tinabryson.com/news/coronavirus-talking-points-for-parents-amp-teachers-with-the-whole-brain-child-approach?fbclid=IwAR1TB3l-kYLDTq4NfXTdSBo0YETrla3zm1xttUsSGiUdr5ibGwphHSWc8bg

Dr Song:  https://healthykidshappykids.com/2020/02/27/coronavirus-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR1QoRBJqDafkxEqiacSF6vXyjViIoToz_YD_2L957NI3oL1uslWOL8ybcM

NYT  what to tell kids: https://parenting.nytimes.com/childrens-health/coronavirus-kids-talk

Teens: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/02/well/family/coronavirus-teenagers-anxiety.html

https://kidshealth.org/Nemours/en/parents/coronavirus-how-talk-child.html?WT.ac=p-ra

WHO and Kids: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/helping-children-cope-with-stress-print.pdf?sfvrsn=f3a063ff_2&fbclid=IwAR1YMqKyCi5mI3_gPIHS6WC7V6mo1FQjLqNes3EfhD9mdGO20yOngYjWPA0

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/coping-with-stress.pdf?sfvrsn=9845bc3a_2&fbclid=IwAR1Fn-lTDXdWryxjXUg3S_wsI1Q8cINeQeZRHDQ8mRgVfoDO4oANBmTXdNo

Parent Squad Video with Public Health Mom:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/parentsquadevents/

 

 

Experiment as a family about how germs spread:

https://snhschilddevelopment.weebly.com/uploads/1/3/1/2/13125961/glittergermslessonplan.pdf

https://thesimpleparent.com/glitter-germs-activity-for-kids/#_a5y_p=4394027

Potato Germs: https://www.atozkidsstuff.com/health.html

 

Part Two:  Get back to health basics

 

  • Hands wash 20 seconds. It’s simple and easy.    Bathroom, eating,  coughing,

5 steps https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2020-03-03/coronavirus-hand-washing-20-seconds-happy-birthday-10-songs

 

http://www.halseyschools.com/5-hand-washing-songs-your-preschooler-will-love/

 

Bubble contests.  Songs of the day.  Choose soap your kids like.

 

  • Hand sanitizer when you leave somewhere in public.

 

  • Disinfect cell phones. Cleaning high traffic areas.  Doorknobs, grocery carts, gas pumps

 

  • Don’t touch your face.

 

  • SLEEP

 

  • Healthy Diet (Veggies, fruit, protein) 

 

  • Exercise boosts your immune system

 

  • Stop shaking hands. Elbow bump, jazz hands, wave

 

 

  • Cough into your elbow or a Kleenex

 

  • Give people personal space (3 feet)

 

  • Cancel plans. You don’t know who is high risk.

 

 

 

Part Three: Prepare

Plan for 14 days of being at home that’s the incubation period.     Cleaning supplies are important.

What would you do if school would close? Crafts, dancing videos

 

Bonus: Want More?  Books and  Videos about germs

Germs  Are Not For Sharing Board Book for under 7: https://amzn.to/2TsqLAg

A Germs Journey:  https://amzn.to/3cDaYWD

Germs Make Me Sick! : https://amzn.to/2VQCpqi

 

Videos:

Story Bots on Netflix “How You Get a Cold Episode”

 Song on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBKvbQ12X1U

 

Self-Care:  Buy fancy soap you like. 

Play Idea: Do the germs experiments or make a jar of songs or quotes to practice for 20 seconds each time your kids wash their hands.

 

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