The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live our lives. The danger that the Coronavirus poses is a real threat. While it is your job to keep your kids safe, it is also important that you let them live their lives. You can’t hide them under a rock until the threat has passed. Instead, you need to help them adapt to the “new normal” and find ways to raise them safely during the pandemic. Here are key tips for raising your kids in the new normal.
Teach Them Proper Hygiene
The main mode of transmission for the Coronavirus is through body fluids. If an infected individual sneezes or spits on a surface, the said surface will be infected as well. This is the biggest danger for kids because they usually grab anything close to hand. This is why you should teach them proper hygiene. Make it a habit for them to wash their hands as frequently as possible. It should be ingrained into their minds that they should wash their hand frequently.
When you travel, you should also have them bring their own hygiene kit. It should contain key personal hygiene products such as hand sanitizers, wet wipes, gloves, and face masks. That way they will be prepared for any eventuality. By teaching them proper hygiene from a young age, you can make them more responsible and proactive in the long run.
Show Them The Importance Of Social Distancing
One of the saddest things about the pandemic is that we are forced to practice social distancing. This can be difficult for a parent to explain because kids want to be with their friends. They want to wrestle in the mud, they want to play tag and have fun. And it can be hard for them to understand why they need to stay 6 feet away from their friends. But as heartbreaking as this may be, you will need to make your kids understand. Show them that you are doing this for their safety. Tell them that by following these rules, they are also keeping their friends safe. As young as they are, kids can understand these basic concepts and will usually follow rules as long as you explain it to them well enough.
Stock Up On Key Supplies For The Future
One of the biggest concerns that parents have during the pandemic is stocking up on supplies. Raising a child takes a lot of resources. You need to have an ample supply of food for their nutrition. You also need products such as hand sanitizers and face masks to use on a daily basis.
But don’t worry, as annoying as shortages are, there are ways to overcome them. When it comes to food, you can buy canned goods in bulk and then stock them up for emergencies. It is also important that you don’t buy to excess. This is hoarding, and it may lead to shortages. The same can be said for key items such as diapers, baby powder, baby formula, etc.
Aside from stocking up on groceries, another way you can prepare for the new normal is to find ways to renew your supply. For example, you have a backyard perfect for growing vegetables. So why not grow your own vegetable and fruit garden? Not only will you be able to provide fresh produce for your family, you will also cut out the need to go to the grocery stores. The same goes for key hygiene products such as hand sanitizers. In the early months of the pandemic, hand sanitizers were extremely rare because some people bought them out and sold them for a profit. Because of this, there was a shortage of hand sanitizers in the market. This is why you need a way to renew your hand sanitizer supply. Luckily there is a myriad of vacuum emulsifying mixers on the market that are being sold for reasonable prices. By buying your very own unit, you will always have a steady supply for your family.
A Balanced Diet Is Key
A balanced diet is key when it comes to fighting off the Coronavirus. By having a balanced diet, your child’s immune system will be a lot stronger and become a great defense against any disease. When you make meals, make sure to be as diverse as possible. Don’t just limit your child’s nutritional intake to what they like. Make them eat vegetables and fruits and limit their sugar content. Your meal plans should have the right amount of carbs, protein, fiber, and a lot of vitamins. It may be tempting to take the easy road and let your kids eat chicken and fries every day. But if you want your kid to have the right nutrition, a balanced diet is a must.
The COVID-19 crisis is a real threat, however, it should never stop you from living your life. Your children should still be able to have fun and reach their full potentials. As a parent, you should teach your kids to be aware of the dangers, but not be hampered by them. With these key tips, you can now confidently raise your kids in the new normal.