Your kids need you now, the WHO told parents amid COVID-19 crisis

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  • Amid the stress caused by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it is common for children to seek more of their parents’ attention
  • According to the World Health Organization, the new realities in the midst of the pandemic take time to get used to
  • The WHO listed a number of tips on what parents and guardians can do for the children

Parents, your children need you amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis around the world.

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“As countries introduce measures to restrict movement as part of efforts to reduce the number of people infected with COVID-19, more and more of us are making huge changes to our daily routines,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said. “The new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends and colleagues take time to get used to.”

“In times of stress,” the international health organization told parents, “it is common for children to seek more of your attention.”

With this, the WHO listed a number of tips on what parents and guardians can do in the midst of the pandemic:

*Maintain familiar routines as much as possible, or create new ones, especially if you must stay at home.

*Discuss the new coronavirus with your children in an honest way, using age-appropriate language.

*Help children find positive ways to express feelings such as fear and sadness. Sometimes engaging in a creative activity, such as playing or drawing, can help you with this process.

*Support your children with at-home learning and make sure time is set aside for play.

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*Help children stay in contact with friends and family members through telephone and online channels.

*Make sure that your children have time away from screens every day and spend time doing off-line activities together. Do something creative: draw a picture, write a poem, build something. Bake a cake. Sing or dance, or play in your garden, if you have one.

*Try and ensure that your children do not spend significantly more time than usual on video games.

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