In order to reduce their uncertainty, we need to provide children with relevant and age-appropriate information. We need to improve children's sense of self-confidence by maintaining a routine and encouraging them to take action.
Parents are the single most important source of support for their children's coping in times of crisis. Therefore, it is essential to recognize symptoms of stress in children and to provide them with support and security.
The relaxed restrictions released on April 19 2020 specify that the same 3 families can be together with a permanent caregiver, if they follow the rules:
Should your family be required to remain in isolation:
It is important that you create a daily routine for your children that is structured, regular and full of activities.
Sleep is important for your child's health, growth and development. When children sleep well, they are calmer and happier during the day. Furthermore, sleep enhances their immune system.
At present time, children's sleep patterns may be compromised as a result of the changes to the regular routine and the worries and stress that they sense in their environment. It is important to reestablish your children's sleeping patterns. Maintaining high-quality and sufficient sleep patterns will help your children's physical and mental health.
Coping with the Coronavirus generates stress and anxiety for us and for our children. In order to help your children, and yourselves, try incorporating various play and physical exercise activities into your home routine. They will alleviate tension and create a time of mutual enjoyment.
During the first years of their lives, your children learn and develop mostly through play.
The extended indoor stay may prove to be a challenging experience for both parents and children. Maintaining a regular routine may help you brave this time of uncertainty and provide your children with a sense of security.
During this Coronavirus outbreak, when the children are home for many hours, it is important to continue maintaining healthy nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
Healthy nutrition for children aged 3 to 6 is very important, as it is for people of any age.
Several rules will help them make healthy choices, both now and in later life:
Design the food environment in the house in such a way that healthy food choices are easily and readily available, in order to help the children in making good choices in their growing stages and to help develop their individuality in the process.
For example: Having fresh and washed fruits and vegetables within the children's reach will promote their consumption.
You should determine what to eat, when to eat and how to eat.
Leave your children the option to decide whether or not to eat, how much to eat and what to eat – from a variety of healthy foods that you have suggested, all the while encouraging them to choose freely according to their personal preference.
Do not demand your children to empty their plates. Trust their feelings of satiation and thereby empower them and allow them the opportunity to eat according to the needs and demands of their bodies.
Maintain an aesthetically pleasing serving which will encourage appetite.
Unsweetened water. There's no need to provide your children with juices or sweet or sweetened beverages
When you are eating healthy and enjoying your food, your children will adopt the same habits. Be a role model for healthy eating.
Mealtime is a quality time when you sit together as a family around the table in an orderly fashion and in a pleasant atmosphere. Turn off your screens and focus on eating. This is the time for discussion and sharing between the members of the household, and for strengthening the children's sense of belonging.
Joint preparation of meals will contribute to a pleasant atmosphere, to a familial and social experience and for expanding the variety of foods that the children get to taste and eat
Foods labeled red contain high quantities of sugar, trans-fat or sodium, ingredients which can be harmful to your health in large quantities.
What you buy is what you eat.
Be sure to buy whole wheat, fruits, vegetables and legumes. Avoid buying sweet and savory snacks or sweetened beverages of any kind.
Your child continues to grow and develop. It is important to remember that each child has his or her own pace.
Ages 3 to 4
During this age range, children develop play skills with other children: Joining other children's play, involving others in their own play activity, joining "make believe" games, taking upon themselves a scripted and structured role within the game. They are capable of playing with their peers and negotiate with them on their role in the game, prefer familiar activities or games, show interest in new ones. These play activities not only improve their social skills but also their motor skills, the comprehension and their language skills.
Examples of age-appropriate landmarks:
Ages 5 to 6
During this age range, children continue growing and amassing new capacities.
They form long and complex sentences, express complex ideas, engage other children and adults in conversation, expand their gross and fine motor skills and their play skills, as well as elaborate upon the nature of their play.
Examples of age-appropriate landmarks:
Suggestions for activities with the children, specifically suitable for this time and recommended for their development:
If you think that your child displays significant difficulty in motor, social and lingual skills compared to other children, you should share your concerns with the Tipat Halav nurse or the pediatrician.
Many perceive home as the most protective and safe environment for children. However, each year thousands of children are intentionally injured at home. Now that the children are home for an extended period of time, we need to take extra precautions to prevent this phenomenon.
The single most important thing is adult supervision. Children under 6 lack the developmental capacity to be aware of dangers, or to protect children younger than they are from harm.
The following ideas will allow for supervision and a for a safe environment:
A safe environment can prevent suffocation, drowning, falls and other injuries.