What can we do now? I’m bored! Mom…Dad – please entertain me!
Most of you reading this are probably now entering week nine or ten of working from home, being a stay-at-home parent, being a home-school teacher, and most likely trying to balance all of these while keeping your wits about you. At Children’s Health, we stand beside you in this new world of social distancing and know that being away from your friends and family can post unique challenges for all members of your family – adolescents, teens, partners and even pets. During these tough times though, it is important to provide daily opportunities for your children to play and exercise.
As child life specialists, part of our job is to make sure that the psychosocial needs of patients, siblings parents and even schoolmates, are being met, and that the patient experience is being explained to everyone on an age-appropriate level. We also utilize play and distraction techniques when working with our patients. This is something you can do in your everyday lives to help the days pass faster for your children until they can once again play with their friends.
Some ideas for keeping your children entertained include:
Additional ideas from the Children’s Health website for exercising and preparing healthy meals at home can be found by visiting these links.
We hope that these links can help provide some ideas for activities and exercises that you can put into practice in each of your homes during this time of social distancing.
The Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Child Life Team.
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