Parenting Stress During the Pandemic

October 21, 2020

With schools and workplaces closed due to the coronavirus, many families have found themselves dealing with a new, and quite stressful, family situation. While working from home and running the household, you’re also trying to keep your kids on track with their virtual school work. All while enduring the restrictions of social distancing and not being able to receive the support of friends and loved ones. This situation has put parents at a higher risk of experiencing distress. If you or your spouse have lost your source of income, the financial pressure must have brought on even more stress. If it is left unchecked, it can lead to burnout.

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As a parent, it is natural to feel overwhelmed when you have so many roles to fulfill. But it’s important to remind yourself that this is a rare situation, a global health emergency that none of us have encountered before. Don’t feel bad if you’re not able to fulfill all the roles. This can apply to your quality of work, your upkeep of the home, or your ability to keep your kids focused on their schoolwork. 

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Homeschooling kids, working from home, looking after the house during quarantine is no doubt, quite tough. By going easy on yourself and following these tips, you can keep your stress levels in check and enjoy this quarantine period with your family:

 

Understand the Emotional Needs of Children

 

It is natural for children to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during an ongoing pandemic like COVID-19. Children may express psychological distress (anxiety, sadness) by acting out in a different way – each child behaves differently. Some may become silent while others may feel and express anger and hyperactivity. Give your children extra love and affection. Appreciate them with extra hugs and kisses.

 

Be Grateful

 

Feel grateful for everything you have and help your child do the same by sharing one fun or positive thing you experienced that day and encourage them to do the same. Acknowledging gratitude and sharing positive experiences with loved ones can provide a respite from negative thinking and boost your family’s mood a great deal.

 

Keep Healthy Routines

 

As the pandemic drags on, you may neglect your normal daily routines. But structure and consistency are important when it comes to kids. Maintaining regular mealtimes and bedtimes will help your child feel safe and secure. Being consistent will help maintain a healthy routine.

 

Consider school shutdown as a chance to strengthen relationships with your children and adolescents. Quality time is free and fun. It makes your loved ones feel loved and secure and shows them that they are important. And don’t forget to take some time for yourself.

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