We are in times of great challenge, and none more so than for children as they navigate their way through the Coronavirus lockdown.
Children are likely to be feeling unsettled by the upheaval of the pandemic, and some may be more worried because of having a parent who is still going to work if they are designated as key workers.
And so, psychologists from the British Psychological Society have produced guidance for key workers and their children on navigating the emotional effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The booklet for parents gives some straightforward tips on how they can help their children to cope, which includes:
- Asking the child questions and talking to them.
- Giving the child choices over their time.
- Making their routine as consistent as possible, particularly at bedtime.
- Helping them to understand and share their feelings.
It also provides guidance on finding a balance between work and home life at a time when there are many different things for key worker parents to manage at once. You can find it at www.bps.org.uk