NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Am I doing this right? That’s the question many parents are asking when it comes to pandemic parenting.
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“A baby who was born in March 2020, they are two years old now. All their lives they have lived in a pandemic,” said Michele Tryona parent educator and child life specialist with CHKD.
For many of these children, it has been a life of social distancing and spending a lot of time at home.
“Parents are definitely concerned about socializing and they’re certainly concerned about academics,” Tryon added.
She says one of the best things you can do is create structure in your home and have a routine.
“So if they don’t know if they’re going to virtual school or if they’re going to do asynchronous learning or a snow day or whatever, they have a day flow and a routine for the day is very important. . That your kids know you’re there for them, that’s what they can be sure of. That we will be a family no matter what. Even if Omicron returns, we will still be a family.
Moreover, one of the most basic and important relationships for a child is with a caring adult who meets their needs in a caring way.
“They develop attunement and attachment to that adult. It creates the brain structure for any relationship they will have in the future,” Tryon said. “There are a lot of things we can do for parents so that they don’t feel alone in this situation.If they have a social network, even if it is future, they feel supported while caring for this young child.
She says it’s important to remember you’re not alone as part of the pandemic and adds that playing is so important for children. If you’re looking for ideas at home and in the community, Tryon recommends the free site “my active child.”
“Charlotte Moore directs it. She has all kinds of virtual things that are available. In person things that are done safely. Full of ideas for games and tools and activities you can do with your children.
She also recommends the following free resources:
She adds that discipline is the number one topic with parents before and during the pandemic.
“Children feel stress just as much as adults,” according to Tryon “So when you have a stressed family unit, the behavioral issues show up more.”
However, it is not always a matter of behavior.
“We see the behavior, but it’s what’s driving the behavior that really needs to be addressed. Thus, simply stopping the behavior is not necessarily the only action to take. You must understand where this behavior comes from? »
Tryon recommends a book called “Beyond behavior” by Mona Delahooke.
She says it’s so important for you to remember that you don’t have to be perfect. Do your best, take care of your physical and mental health and know that everything will be fine in the end.
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