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Parenting Tips During COVID19

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Jeanette Yoffe M.A. M.F.T.

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Author of Groundbreaking Interventions: Working with Traumatized Children, Teens and Families in Foster Care and Adoption and What s Your Name, Who s Your Daddy? a one woman play about growing up in foster care and adoption available on Amazon and Audible. She has appeared on the OWN and TLC Network, as a Psychotherapist teaching about Adoption in the shows Raising Whitley and Long Lost Family.

As so many families are experiencing new challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis, you may be concerned about the physical and emotional wellbeing and safety of your children. It’s also very important to look after yourself as a parent. Here are some practical tips and strategies that will help.

 

P = Be playful and patient with yourself and your children

A = Have a family plan of action so everyone is supported i.e. create a daily schedule with routines, a list of 20 activities and ASK FOR HELP when you need support

R = Reassure your children “we will get through this together” and make sure your children know you are ready to talk and answer questions truthfully based on facts.

E = Express your feelings and needs 5 A’s= I need autonomy, affection, attention, appreciation, and acknowledgment  i.e. find a listening partner, teletherapy, parenting groups

N = Notice behavior that you like and create opportunities to teach your children important life skills e.g. being caring, helpful, cooperative, getting on well with siblings, taking turns.

T = Try new things such as Yoga, cooking, or dancing

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