At RiseVT, we recognize that the many challenges that come with closings of school, work, and social gatherings. These are some resources to help:

STAY UP TO DATE:

PROTECTING YOU KIDS:
Pulled from NPR Life Kit’s Coronavirus And Parenting: What You Need to Know Now

  • Handwashing. Make sure they understand that hand-washing isn’t optional. And that means showing them how to do it properly: using soap, warm water and time. Washing should take 20 seconds, which means you may need to help them find a song they can sing (in their heads, maybe twice) — like the ABCs or “Happy Birthday” songs. Be sure they wash whenever they come in from outside, before eating, after coughing or sneezing or blowing their nose and, of course, after using the bathroom.
  • Reduce face touching. Experiment with ways to get them to stop touching their faces (not an easy task!). Try  making them wear scratchy mittens or paint your child’s face — so you can catch them red-handed, though this could also lead to unwanted faceprints on walls and windows.
  • Ease anxiety. Keep it simple, age-appropriate and fact-based. For example, don’t tell your child they won’t get COVID-19; you don’t know that. Instead, the CDC suggests telling children that, from what doctors have seen so far, most kids aren’t getting very sick. In fact, most people who’ve gotten COVID-19 haven’t gotten very sick. Only a small group have had serious problems. And, channeling the great Mr. Rogers: Look for the Helpers. Assure your kids, if they (or someone they love) do get sick, the world is full of grown-ups who will help. And be sure to check out this incredible comic by Malaka Gharib. She made it specifically for kids who may be scared or confused about coronavirus.

FOOD RESOURCES

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING:
Pulled from NPR Life Kit’s Coronavirus And Parenting: What You Need to Know Now

  • Many parents and caregivers will have to scramble for child care, especially low-wage workers who may not have vacation or sick leave. If you’re not one of those parents, try to do something to help those who are.
  • Get outside! Go for a walk, a bike ride or, if possible, a family hike.
  • While everyone’s home, try giving the kids more responsibility around the house, including cooking a meal or doing the laundry. And cleaning — there’s going to be a lot of cleaning to do!
  • Common Sense Media is a great resource for quality screen-time recommendations both free and paid, educational and purely recreational.
  • GoNoodle offers both physical dance/movement and meditation videos, and this is a great time for everyone in the family to learn TikTok dances like the Renegade.

From Good Housekeeping:

Keep your kids minds engaged even if they aren’t at school with this list of STEM activities to do with kids.