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  • Kait Towner, LMHC, RPT, CCPT, IMH-E

Pandemic Parenting: 3 Ways to Support Your Child Through COVID-19

It's crazy to think that we have been in a global pandemic for over a year now! Everyone, including our children, have had to make changes during this time, be it working from home, not seeing family and friends, wearing a mask, and more. However, amidst all of these changes, there are still ways that you can support your child in an effective way!


CONNECT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Even though we STILL have to stay 6 feet apart and wear masks, technology makes it easier than ever to connect with family and friends in a COVID safe way. Have your child video chat with a loved one! There are even some great applications to make video chatting more interactive for your child! Two that we love in my house are Houseparty, which is a free app that allows users to play games with one another and Caribu, a paid app with the ability to read and play games with users.


STICK WITH THE ROUTINE

It sometimes feels like all of our schedules and routines were thrown in a blender throughout COVID! We all thrive on consistency and routine, and children especially do! Try to find moments throughout the day to keep the consistency and routine for your child. For example, having meals, baths, and bedtime at the same time every night can alleviate your child's anxiety and provide them with some of the structure that has been lost throughout the pandemic.


TAKE A BREATH

Children are incredibly in tune with their caregivers and frequently pick up on the feelings that they are experiencing. I'll never forget when I burst out crying over a *very large* surprise bill I received and my toddler did the same! Taking a minute to engage in deep diaphragmatic breathing can help ease up your nervous system and allow you to respond to your child in a better way. Not only can it help with your relationship with your child, but it can model the importance of using coping skills to your child!


The light at the end of the tunnel (or the pandemic) is near! Whatever may come, I am here to work with you and your family to weather whatever storms may arise, now or in the future! If you are interested in learning more about psychotherapy services for your child, contact me for a FREE 15 minute consultation at (585) 206-1506 or kaittownerlmhc@gmail.com