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Coronavirus and Your Children

Coronavirus and Your Children
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Coronavirus. COVID-19. Handwashing. Social Distancing.

These are all very familiar terms we've been hearing constantly since the outbreak of COVID-19. As a parent, the current situation can be quite nerve-wracking and protecting our children (and ourselves) from the coronavirus has become a top priority. Over the next few posts, we will be sharing helpful resources that we have found valuable, especially for parents and their children, during this unprecedented time with COVID-19. 

To start off with, here’s a great resource we found from the podcast 'Life Kit' and their episode called Coronavirus And Parenting: What You Need To Know Now. This podcast gives excellent advice on educating your children on what the coronavirus is, hygiene tips, & appropriate screen-time measures while sheltering in place. 

Key Takeaways:

  1. Teach your children the importance of washing their hands! Sing along with the Happy Birthday song or the ABC’s. 
  2. When talking about coronavirus, give your kids the facts and be reassuring.
  3. Make it a teaching moment for social justice. Anyone can get sick and the illness doesn't come from any certain type of person.
  4. Understand that closing schools is a complicated decision. There are public health risks to schools staying open, but also with closing schools. 
  5. Even though school is closed, you can get creative at home with video chat and social games.
  6. Screen time can be your friend. But remember to keep your kids active mentally and physically. 

We hope you are all staying as safe & healthy as possible. 

-Eli & Ali Baby Team

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