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Friday, August 7, 2020

7 Ways to Enjoy Summer While Social Distancing

In the past, the arrival of the summer season was a cause for celebration. It meant the start of pool parties, warm weather, and backyard barbecues. But amid the coronavirus pandemic the world finds itself in and all the social distancing guidelines that have been put into effect to keep people safe, it's easy to feel like it's passing you by. That doesn't have to be the case, though. Here are 7 ways to make the most of your sunny summer.

1: Go for a Hike

A man enjoying a hike. 

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With all the social distancing and quarantine rules in effect, there's a good chance you've felt pretty cooped up these past few months. Why not change it up and get outside while staying safe by taking a hike. Taking a stroll through the woods or up a mountain is a perfect way to get a good dose of that sunshine you've been missing while still avoiding large crowds. Plus, taking in the vista from a mountain top is a surefire way to help take your mind off the problems of the world, at least for a while.

2: Get Out on the Water

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Maybe all that walking involved in a hike isn't your speed, but you still want to take in some nature. Try taking a boat out on the water for a day. The fresh air and gentle rocking of the waves could be just what you need to put your mind at ease. Even if you don't own one of your own, there are plenty of businesses found around large bodies of water that will let you rent a boat or kayak for a few hours at a time!

3. Learn a New Skill

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Have you ever thought about furthering your education or picking up a new trade? Now might be the perfect time to do it! From online college courses to skill sharing websites, there's no shortage of ways to expand your horizons while still maintaining social distancing.

4. Discover Your Creative Side

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Life can get pretty hectic. Between jobs, social engagements, and what often seems like a million other things, it's not uncommon to feel like you have no time for yourself. With the pandemic going on and everything shut down now, though, maybe it feels like you have entirely too much time on your hands. Take advantage of it and start a new project! Whether it's painting, sculpting, or some other artistic endeavor you've always wanted to try, there's no better time to explore your creative side!

5. Plant a Garden

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There's no better way to enjoy the outdoors while staying safe than right at home in your own yard, so why not spruce it up? Find out just how green your thumb is by planting your own flower or vegetable garden.

6. Take a Virtual Tour

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Feeling a bit culture deprived stuck at home all this time? Well, good news! Museums all over the world have started offering virtual tours that you can take right from the comfort of your own home! Try escaping to New York for the day by touring the Museum of Natural History or to London to view the ancient Egyptian mummies on display in the British Museum!

7. Have a Backyard Movie Night

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When social distancing guidelines started being implemented, one of the first things to go was movie theaters. If you're missing that cinematic experience, try recreating it right at home! Take an old sheet you have lying around and hang it either on some trees or the side of your home and use a projector to get that big screen experience in your own backyard! And, as an added benefit, the refreshments won't cost you nearly as much.
Find more about the author: Kim Hart

Friday, July 31, 2020

7 Tips for Handling Your Children's Questions About Coronavirus

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Every generation has some sort of cultural crisis or touchstone that defines their childhoods. September 11th, the Challenger Explosion, the assassination of President Kennedy, and the attack on Pearl Harbor were defining events for previous generations. For this generation? It's certainly going to be COVID-19. It's impacted every part of their lives. Since the beginning of the year, the way children go to school, see their extended family, or even play with their friends have changed dramatically. Naturally, they have questions about what's going on. Here's some helpful hints to answering their questions in an age-appropriate manner that won't add to their anxiety.

1. Offer comfort and honesty. Only answer the specific questions they have. There is no need to provide more scary information than they asked for.

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Listen for what your kids are actually asking you. If it's why they might not be able to start back to school on time, an age appropriate answer will include real concerns about gathering that many children and adults in one place. However, you probably don't need to go into the fact that cases are skyrocketing and ICUs are nearing capacity in many areas of the country.

2. Speak in calm, reassuring tones.

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Children are very attuned to the tone of voice and body language of the adults in their lives. Talking about Covid is difficult for everyone, and sometimes it is hard not to let your emotions show. Take a breath, and stay calm as you talk to kids. There's not a lot of certainty in this situation, so kids need the reassurance that the adults they depend on are still in control.

3. Reassure your children that kids do not get as sick as grown-ups do.

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Children don't seem to be hit as hard with the virus as adults are. Let your kids know that! Children who understand that Covid is serious but isn't necessarily deadly or painful are in a better position to avoid long term anxiety about the disease, or illness in general.

4. Give children specific actions that can help them feel in control, such a washing their hands and getting plenty of sleep.

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A sense of control helps everyone cope with uncertain situations. And following the rules about masks, hand washing, and social distancing not only gives us all the feeling of control but helps protect us and our community from the unchecked spread of the disease. So emphasize healthy habits! Plus, a good diet and lots of sleep are two very healthy ways to deal with stress. Another great way is to exercise. Set them loose on playground equipment and let them burn off energy!

5. Embrace your new routine.

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Everyone's lives have changed, and that includes your children's. Help them embrace it. It might require setting up new schedules. Getting up, chores, reading, homework, exercise, and screentime all still need a role in our lives. It might also be worthwhile to consider how your home functions for a family where members are home all day. Changing the function of a room or two or reworking spaces to provide quiet places to work can make a huge difference. A backyard that gives your kids a space for play and exercise is a huge benefit. Contact outdoor play equipment companies and stores for ideas!

6. Keep the conversation going.

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Talking about Covid isn't going to be a one and done experience. Recommendations from experts, how the disease is transmitting across the country, and decisions by local governments about parks, schools, and businesses change rapidly. It's important to keep your kids informed about information they really need-like about school reopening, or the fact that you can now grab to go orders from your local restaurant-while filtering out information they don't. Being open to questions will help your kids cope and trust you are telling them what they need to know.

7. Work through your own anxiety.

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Your anxiety level can definitely impact your kids' reactions to our new reality. Work through your anxiety about Covid (and everything associated it with it) before talking with them. Try an online yoga class, express your frustrations in a group text with your best friends, or go outside and run your feelings out. Just show your kids the calmest parent possible!

Find more about the author: Kim Hart

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

8 Tips for Helping Your Pet Adjust When You Stop Working From Home

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2020 has been an unusual year for many. A lot of people spent significant time working from home, avoiding socializing, and in general spending the majority of their time at home. The rapid change in lifestyle wasn't easy for a lot of us. Children and adults all struggled to come to terms with the new normal. One group that enjoyed the new normal? Our pets. Most pets love nothing more than being with their humans, and the requirements of social distancing meant most humans were home more than ever before. As society reopens and people start going back to work and resuming a more typical schedule, it will be our animals who struggle to adjust to a normal that doesn't include their favorite people ready to take them for a romp on the playground equipment whenever they wished.

1. Start slow. Leave for a few minutes at a time and slowly extend length, especially if your dog is prone to separation anxiety.

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Try not to go from being home 24/7 to being gone 40/5! A severe schedule shift back into the old routine of being gone at least forty hours a week plus commute time is going to make it hard for your favorite furry buddy to adjust.

2. Use treats like frozen peanut butter to occupy your dog while you leave.

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Bored pets often turn into destructive pets. Ask anyone who has ever left a dog at home with an intact sofa and then came home to a frame and a living room full of stuffing! How can you save your sofa and your pet's sanity? Find safe ways for them to stay occupied while you are gone. Things like puzzle toys that dispense treats will keep them engaged while you are away.

3. Do not make a big deal about leaving. Act casually and calmly.

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Most pets are very in tune with their humans' feelings. If you are stressed and going back for one last kiss, they are going to pick up on it and become more anxious themselves. Leave the house calmly, and say your goodbyes in a level yet cheerful tone of voice.

4. Start working towards a normalized schedule.

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Going from being home basically all the time back to the five day work week is a tough adjustment for everyone. If it all possible, try and ease into it for the sake of your pets and your mental wellbeing. Even if you aren't actually leaving the house, getting up at the time you'll need to for work, feeding your pets, talking to them, and in all possible ways mimicking their schedule when you work out of the home will help them adjust.

5. Make before you leave and after you return fun.

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We all need joy in our lives. Before you leave, make sure your dog has had a walk, exercise, and attention from you (and yes, I know how hard that can be in the mornings!). When you return, let your pet know you are excited to see them, give them attention, and let them burn off some energy.

6. Make sure your pet is getting lots of exercise.

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A tired pet is a happy pet. A couple of quick walks might not be enough stimulation or activity for your pet to stay mentally and physically healthy. Toys, walks, and romps in the backyard will make your pet feel loved and secure, and ensure they are getting enough activity. Is your backyard not the pet paradise you'd like it to be? Check out local outdoor play equipment companies and stores for shade structures, slides, and other ideas to make your backyard functional for all members of your family.

7. Create a backup plan.

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Traffic jams, work emergencies, and other minor catastrophes happen to all of us. Make sure you have a contingency plan for what you will do if you can't get home at a reasonable time to care for your pet. Could a neighbor, friend, family member dash over to let them out, scratch their ears, and make sure they have food and water until you get home?

8. Consider pet care options.

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One way to ensure backup pet care is to hire someone to provide pet care. There are apps available to connect service providers with pet parents. Other popular methods for finding pet care include checking with your veterinarian or pet groomer for recommendations.

Find more about the author: Kim Hart

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

9 Reasons to Read Bedtime Stories to Your Children

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It's never too early - or too late - to start reading to your children. When they are babies, you can snuggle them after their bath and enjoy quiet moments with a sweet picture book. Once they get older and start reading themselves, don't give up on bedtime stories. Reid Lyon, of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, stated "Neural research shows that when parents and caregivers interact verbally with children - which includes reading to them - kids learn a great deal more than we ever thought possible." Children get so much out of being read to by their parents. So, after a long day of activities and spending time outside getting energy out on playground, here are nine great reasons to make books part of your family's bedtime routine.

1. Children get to spend more quality time with you, which is so important.

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After a long day of activities and spending time outside getting energy out on playground equipment, children need quality time with their parents, and reading together nightly makes for excellent quality time. Your child gets the predictable routine of reading and yet each night provides a new adventure via a new story. Cheering the book's protagonists and booing the villains also provides bonding moments. And when your child shares their thoughts about the characters and plots? You gain valuable insight into how your little one views the world.

2. Children develop stronger reading skills, even if they are unable to read the books themselves.

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Children learn expression, punctuation, and pace from the sound of your voice. Reading to children exposes them to language, literary conceits, grammar, and the idea of how books work. As you pause for punctuation marks, raise or lower your voice to match the story, or speed up or slow down to reflect tension they are picking up on all sorts of literary conventions.

3. It can help establish a quality bedtime routine that children look forward to instead of fighting.

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Bedtime battles are a familiar issue for many families. Getting children used to reading books they like as part of their bedtime routine gives them something to look forward to each night. Making bedtime something they look forward to instead of something they dread should cut down the amount of fighting over beginning their nightly bedtime routines.

4. A variety of books can expose children to diversity and different viewpoints. Try graphic novels, news articles, books from authors around the globe, etc.

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Reading opens new worlds for readers, and this is especially true for children. Choosing books written by a variety of authors of different races, genders, religions, and parts of the world will expose your children to a variety of worldviews. As they get older, choosing a variety of book types will expose them to even more viewpoints and a wide variety of literature. So, just like you challenge your children to try new things out on the playground, like new play equipment, challenge them to try a new book that they might not have thought of before.

5. It can help infants develop language skills.

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The more words a baby hears encourages their brains to build a richer language network in their brains. Children who are read to and spoken to often know more words by age two than children who live in less language-rich environments. Reading regularly to pre-verbal children lets them have more words to copy, and will improve their vocabulary.

6. It helps children develop sharper focus and attention span.

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Researchers have found yet another reason to make reading a nightly habit in your home. Babies who are read to on a regular basis, and children whose parents indulge in make-believe games with them, have fewer disruptive behaviors and attention deficit related issues than children who were not read to regularly.

7. Reading to children helps them become good writers.

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Good communication skills are a key part of having successful school experiences and even having wide career options open once your children reach adulthood. The best way to help them develop great communication skills? Reading. Not only will they develop a rich vocabulary, but they will also learn what good writing looks like.

8. Children who are read to develop an appreciation for literature.

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We live in a time rich with the written word. Books, short stories, comic books, graphic novels, newspapers, magazines, and web content abounds. Some of it is of higher quality than others. Children who develop an early relationship with books develop an appreciation for well-written and well-crafted literature.

9. Reading relieves anxiety.

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Reading is soothing for both children and adults. A recent study by Sussex University shows reading just six minutes a day reduces stress levels by upto 60%. Reading to children also teaches them that reading is a self-soothing behavior, so when they are older they can turn to a book in an anxious moment.

Find more about the author: Kim Hart

Thursday, June 11, 2020

7 Reasons Why This Chaotic, Unstructured Time Can Benefit Your Child

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Parenting is primarily made up of daily tasks like making sure that homework is done, chores are completed, and everyone gets to bed on time. However, parenting usually has a lot of external structure: The parents leave home to work or go to appointments, and children go to school and activities. These daily doings give our lives external structure and create a built-in rhythm to our days. The standard advice after an emergency, like a hurricane or earthquake, is to get into a new routine as quickly as possible. The structure of routine helps children feel reassured and gives them a sense of consistency.

The COVID-19 pandemic, however, is a crisis that's unprecedented. Some states don't know when school will reopen as normal. Parents and children accustomed to leaving home for portions of the day now have long stretches of days when no family member leaves home. The good news, though, is that while your children may not be going to school, being idle at home can be good for them, too.

1. Unstructured playtime can help children become more adaptable, creative, and self-driven.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has found that unstructured play allows children to develop their physical dexterity, imagination, and emotional strength all at once. The sort of world-building children engage in when deep in imaginative play gives them a safe space to work out their fears and practice taking on new roles. Playing in this manner lets children develop new competencies.

2. Unstructured playtime can help children develop problem-solving skills.

Unstructured, lightly supervised playtime requires children to solve their own problems instead of being able to rely on adults or established rules. Children playing together will also learn how to approach issues together and come to an equitable solution.

3. When children have more choices for how to occupy their time, they build confidence.

The lives of modern children are often highly regulated. Day care, school, organized activities, and family time mean that children follow specific schedules and may have little input about what they do with their time. Now, with more open time, children can decide what they want to do. Learning how to choose how to occupy themselves is a valuable life skill that will help them build confidence.

4. When children are bored, they are driven to discover what entertains them, possibly leading to finding passions and interests.

Remember being a kid on an endless summer afternoon and creating a new activity to entertain yourself? Maybe you developed a love of reading, fixing electronics, creating websites, or writing stories. Your children will similarly benefit. The gift of unstructured time is the gift to follow your passions to learn what you love and practice your new skills.

5. Children will learn to follow a self-directed instead of externally driven schedule.

Children's lives are typically dictated by the demands of their schedule and that of their parents or caregivers. Now, children have the freedom and leniency to set their own schedule and approach their work in their own idiosyncratic way. This sort of liberty usually doesn't come until college! Children will learn how to prioritize, how to hold themselves accountable, and how to decide how long a chore or an assignment should take. These skills are highly necessary for future success as adults.

6. Unstructured time teaches children independence.

The new parenting norm is that children are never left alone. Kids are always under direct, active adult supervision. But unstructured time with less direct control gives children a sense of independence. They learn to entertain themselves, rely on themselves, and problem-solve without adult intervention.

7. Living through unprecedented times and learning to adapt will teach resilience.

Resilience is an important lesson for children to learn. Experts agree that the more resilient a person is, the better they will cope with stress and pressure throughout their life. Learning how to navigate the current crisis and how to handle the unstructured free time it brings will help to instill resilience in our children.

Find more about the author: Kim Hart

Monday, June 1, 2020

National Lyme Disease Awareness Month: How to Protect Yourself, Loved Ones, and Pets

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May is National Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Spread by infected ticks via biting, the CDC estimates that about 300,000 infections are reported annually. Do you spend time in grassy or wooded areas? If so, you are at risk of being bitten by a tick carrying the disease. People who live or visit the Mid-Atlantic states, New England, and the upper Midwest are the most significant risk. However, ticks carrying the disease are also found in neighboring states, and some areas of California, Washington, and Oregon. No matter your location, you can take preventions to ensure that a fun afternoon spent on playground equipment doesn't result in a bite by an infected tick.

1. Avoid where ticks live, such as woodpiles, leaf litter, long grass, beach grass, bushy areas, and perimeters where the lawn meets the woods.

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Blacklegged ticks are the species that carry Lyme disease. They thrive in moist or humid locations and are found around wooded or grassy spots. Taking simple precautions like walking down the center of a trail and avoiding walking through bushes or high vegetation will reduce your risk of being bitten. Remember, ticks also thrive around your home, especially in areas with woodpiles or un-raked leaves.

2. Wear high socks that are light-colored so you can see them.

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High socks provide fantastic protection against ticks. Give yourself even more protection by choosing light-colored socks and other clothing. They are easier to spot against lighter shades, so you'll be able to see the ticks and remove them from your clothing.

3. Wear light-colored clothing. Tuck your pants into your socks. Tuck your shirt into your pants.

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You can prevent tick bites by limiting a tick's access to your skin. Wear well-fitting clothes that are tucked in. This can prevent ticks from flying up a pant leg, or down a neckline.

4. Avoid walking in grass or hiking with open-toe shoes.

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Bare or exposed feet (like those in sandals or flip flops) provide easy access for ticks to bite. Feet tend to be warm and humid, and the areas between toes are excellent hiding places. Avoid this risk by wearing closed-toe shoes or hiking boots when in grassy areas.

5. Remove clothing when you arrive home and put them in the dryer for 10-15 minutes on high heat.

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Your dryer is a great way to kill ticks. Ticks need moisture to survive and they can't survive long in a hot, dry environment. If you have clothes that may have attracted ticks, put them in the dryer for 10-15 minutes. Don't put them in the washing machine first since ticks love moisture. A dry run in the heat will destroy ticks in clothing and other fabrics.

6. Examine yourself and your pets frequently when outdoors and when you come in.

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When you or family members (including pets) come inside from being outdoors, always check for ticks. Many people find using a mirror makes the process easier. Pay special attention to the area under the arms, around the ears, in the belly button, on the back of knees, around all hairlines, and the waist. Follow the same routine with your pets. Also, remember to keep your outdoor area free of debris. Ticks can hide in old rotting wood structures like old play sets. If you have one of these in your yard, it might be time for a replacement. Contact local outdoor play equipment companies and stores.

7. Consider tick prevention medications for pets. There are oral and topical solutions. Check with your vet to make sure the medications are safe for your pet.

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The Federal Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have approved many tick prevention medications for cats and dogs. Topical treatments come in the form of treated dusts, sprays, shampoos, and collars, and there are oral options as well. Pet owners should choose the method they think will be most effective, but it's essential the instructions regarding species, age, and size of the pet are followed precisely to protect the health of the animal.

8. Learn how to remove a tick properly.

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The best way to remove a tick is with fine-tipped tweezers. Ticks removed within 24 hours of attaching to a host lower the chances the person bitten will contract Lyme disease. After removing the tick, watch for symptoms of Lyme disease (like a fever or rash) for a few weeks. Contact your primary care doctor with any concerns.?

Monday, May 25, 2020

Pandemic Parenting: 7 Tips for Maintaining the Calm During These Overwhelming Times

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Life has a lot of fear and uncertainty at the moment. Most of us have seen our lives radically change over the last months. Perhaps more than anyone else, children have been impacted. School went digital and ended months ahead of schedule, play dates vanished, and some children aren't even able to visit extended family members. Parenting through the pandemic is incredibly challenging. Some parents struggle with the fact that no one in the household ever leaves home; others are dealing with trying to homeschool and provide childcare while still working. No matter what your life looks like at this moment in time, there are things you can do to maintain calm in your home for your children during this time.

1. Try to stay active with workout videos, socially distanced walks, bike rides, etc. Exercise can help the whole family stay calm and grounded.

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Physical activity reduces stress, tension, anger, anxiety, and depression. These are things most of us are trying to cope with right now. It also can improve sleep, and quality of sleep is essential in times of stress. So make time as a family for socially distanced exercise. It's the perfect time to make your yard into the playground of your dreams. Contact outdoor play equipment companies and stores for ideas.

2. Try to establish a routine, but be kind and forgiving to yourself if things don't go according to plan.

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Many of us are struggling with a lack of external structure. Children don't need to be at school at a specific time, appointments are canceled, and activities curtailed. Does this mean bedtime and other routines can be set aside? During times of uncertainty, everyone, but especially children, need a sense of order. A predictable routine is key to a calm day. Come up with your own schedule. Everyone up at by this time, schoolwork for however long, chore time, reading time, outdoor play, free play, et cetera should all be considered. If one day goes sideways and the routine is forgotten, forgive yourself and move on.

3. Practice deep breathing. Before reacting to a stressor, ask yourself, "Does the problem pose an immediate danger? How will I feel about this tomorrow?"

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Everyone is on edge. Young children probably don't have the insight or vocabulary to describe what they are feeling about their world changing and the stress they are picking up on from other people in their lives. Their stress might manifest as anxiety or inappropriate behavior. Older kids and teenagers are dealing with feelings of loss over anticipated events and milestones, and might be more irritable than usual. Some days, grouchy children are enough to send any overwhelmed parent over the edge. Instead of reacting, take a moment to take a breath and dispassionately evaluate the situation before you say or do anything.

4. Answer children's questions about the pandemic and the impact on their lives calmly and honestly.

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The most important thing parents can do is to cultivate an environment where kids feel they can ask questions in a stress-free environment. We all want to shield our children, but the pandemic is impacting their lives, and knowledge can help assuage their fears. Empowering children with age-appropriate information also gives them the insight they need about hygiene, and teaches them coping skills for their future.

5. Incorporate daily praise.

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One of the best ways to ensure a calm, peaceful household is to dole out lots of praise. Praise is highly effective at changing bad behaviors and reinforcing positive behaviors. When praising your children, be specific. That lets them know precisely what you are happy with about their actions. Tell them what a great job they did staying quiet while you were on a video-conference call, or tell them how nicely they cleaned up their art supplies.

6. Set aside time for each child.

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Since everyone is spending so much time together, it's easy to forget the importance of making sure everyone is getting adequate one-on-one time. Carve out specific time for each child, and let them take the lead on how they would like to spend it with you. Your outdoorsy kid might want to play on the playground equipment, while your bookish kid might want dedicated story time.

7. Incorporate appropriate socialization.

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School ended early, organized activities are on pause, and even play dates are rare. Just because kids aren't able to see their friends, doesn't mean they aren't missing their friends. And the same is true for adults! So set up some pandemic proof socialization! Schedule video chats, phone calls, or even every stays six feet apart outdoor walking dates so everyone can get in some time with their friends.

Find more about the author: Kim Hart