Keep up your routine during COVID-19
Changes in daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing recommendations have created a lot of uncertainty. Creating a routine can add structure and predictability, allowing both kids and parents to feel calmer in the home. Below are a few tips on how to build weekend and weekday schedules to create a sense of stability and routine in these uncertain times.
Plan in Advance.
Go through a daily schedule with your children to help them anticipate what’s coming next, and add a sense of predictability to their days. You can use this template(https://www.cdc.gov/parents/essentials/pdf/myDailyScheduleBlank508.pdf) from the CDC to plan out daily tasks.
If possible, try to maintain consistency in daily schedules, especially during weekdays where children would typically be in school. Keeping a schedule that mirrors pre COVID-19 schedules as closely as possible (such as keeping similar sleeping and eating times) may help the transition to virtual education go smoothly.
By finding ways to add familiar and enjoyable activities into your children’s daily lives, you can increase a sense of normalcy. This might look like participating in outdoor physical activities that can be done while maintaining physical distance from others, such as going on a bike ride. Enjoyable activities might also include virtual socializing with classmates, friends, and family.