All parents and caregivers of children under 6 years old deserve a medal for having coped with these months of lock down. Explaining to a young child why we are doing things so differently – in a way that they understand and without frightening them – is so important. Emotional well-being is as important as physical well-being.
The pandemic has been a huge learning curve for all of us. It’s not easy for parents to find the right activities and tools for discovery and exploration, to allow for digging, pouring, painting, outdoor play, sunscreen, water play, reading, games, and artwork. But it’s important to continue the much needed sensory work and play that can keep any age group engaged and busy! Learning from hands-on experience is fundamental to how children thrive.
“Tell me and I’ll forget. Teach me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll learn.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Using a problem solving approach and remembering where your child is in their normal growth and development may help you handle all this added stress a little better.
“Discipline is helping a child solve a problem. Punishment is making a child suffer for having a problem. To raise problem solvers, focus on solutions, not retribution.” ~ L.R. Knost
Remember we strive to do the very best we can in any given circumstance. Keep up the good work, pat yourselves on the back, and help each other out!
As Christopher Robin said to Winnie the Pooh:
“You [parent] are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
For more info on how to support your child’s growth and development and emotional well-being:
- Talk to your health care provider
- Connect with a Public Health Nurse via e-chat or call (416) 338-7600