The coronavirus outbreak is probably on your mind right now even if it hasn’t directly affected your community. With a fast spreading virus it is important to be prepared. Besides stocking up on non-perishable food items, household supplies, and other basic needs there are several other things parents can do to prepare.
- Teach your kids how to avoid spreading the disease
Reiterating good hygiene is the first step in stopping the spread. Make sure kids are washing their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and using hand sanitizer when water isn’t available. Remind them to avoid touching their face and to keep their hands to themselves in public. Common flu and cold prevention is still useful – cover your coughs and sneezes, wash down surfaces often, and avoid contact with people who are sick. Checking the most current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control will keep you updated as new information comes out regarding the spread of the coronavirus.
- Make a work plan
With this ever evolvingsituation it is important to make plans for several different scenarios. Talk to your boss to find out how you should manage if your kid is out, but work is not. Or what is the plan for remote work should businesses be requested to close? If you do end up working from home make a plan for how you will fulfill your work requirements while also maintaining family life.
- Check with schools and care providers
Many schools are preparing for the potential of suspended in-person classes. They are working on digital classrooms, lesson plans that can be done at home, and communication with teachers to keep kids on track with their school year. Staying informed and in contact with your school and child care will help ease the transition should the time come.
- Collect kid friendly activities
Some places suffering from the coronavirus outbreak are recommending self quarantine in your home with very limited activity interacting in-person with the outside world. That means you are going to need things to keep your kids busy beyond school lessons. Make sure you’ve got plenty to keep them busy including board games, puzzles, books, movies, and projects.
- Work as a team
Getting organized and persevering through this outbreak will take teamwork. Make sure that both parents are on the same page with what the plan is. Encourage the kids to take initiative for activities and lessons if they are old enough. Work as a team to get through the day to day if you are quarantined. Being stuck in close quarters will mean compromise, a positive attitude, and teamwork will be even more important.
The coronavirus is a public health issue that we are facing together. It is our responsibility to do what we can to prevent the spread of the disease. That includes making sure our kids follow proper hygiene practices, staying home to minimize contact, and following the recommendations of health experts. With a little preparation parent’s can make this experience easier for kids and themselves.