San Mateo County's stay-at-home order has impacted our community and our loved ones in many ways.This can be a stressful and emotional time for all. With younger kids not going to daycare or school to see their friends, younger children may not have the words to describe feelings and are more likely to act out their stress, anxiety, or fear through challenging behaviors.
Fear, uncertainty, and being holed up at home to slow the spread of COVID-19 can make it tough for families to keep a sense of calm. But it's important to help children feel safe, keep healthy routines, manage their behavior and build resilience. Respond to your child’s reactions in a supportive way, listen to their concerns and give them extra love and attention.
Tips for helping younger children during COVID-19:
- Address your children's fears by talking with them and answering any questions they may have
- Keep healthy and structured routines
- Use positive discipline and redirect bad behavior
- Take care of yourself and remember to breath
Social distancing requirements may be especially hard for teenagers, who may feel cut off from their friends and regular activities. Teens may understandably feel disappointment as milestone events such as graduations, proms, and other events are cancelled or postponed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is important that during this time that you talk to your teens and answer any questions they may have. By working together to create a "new normal," they can feel included on structuring their daily routine. This can be a time where you can get your teen engaged in new traditions or projects that they may not have time to do before while having fun! Stay connected to friends and loved one's by weekly video chatting or doing an activity together.