Read our top tips for managing boredom, family conflicts and round-the-clock responsibilities at home.
Nobody likes feeling constantly on top of each other. Define clear zones in your house for certain activities, to limit chaos.
Put a map of this on the fridge for everyone to see.
Work out what child behaviors you want to see more of and what behaviors you want to see less of. Plan responses for both.
Positive behaviors like following instructions and playing nicely should be rewarded with praise, cuddles, affection, prizes and one on one time.
Problem behaviors like fighting, aggression and refusing to follow instructions should be met with calm, clear consequences. Use consequences like losing a privilege or time out.
Rule to remember: give more attention to positive behaviors over negative. Make sure rewards are fun, unpredictable and emotional; while discipline should be predictable, boring and non-emotional
Plan out the morning, afternoon, and evening of each day, one week in advance.
Choose a mixture of creative, learning and silly activities, mixed with regular chores. Try to make it all as much fun as you can.
Again, put the activity schedule on the fridge to keep your kids and yourself busy.
Involve the entire household, listen to your kid's opinions, and keep it fun. The more kids feel like they're part of the process, the better. Make decisions as a family team and shake on it (or bump elbows) at the end of the meeting.
Trying to find out who started what, and who did what to whom, is only sometimes useful. It can actually reinforce the fighting.
Instead, treat children as a team, refuse to get involved in pointing fingers and reward them as a group for playing nicely. Apply consequences to them as a group, if they are fighting and not playing well together.
Basically, encourage your child to do a less fun task, in order to gain access to a more fun task. In real life, this could mean having your child do chores or homework before getting their hands on mobile devices.
If children are constantly fighting, arguing, throwing tantrums and the works - do an online course (like Family Man) that teaches specialized skills in managing problem child behavior.
Finally, try to make this fun and re-discover the love. Think back to the positive reasons you wanted children and a family. Forgive minor irritations and open up to spending more time together. Bring back the laughter and joy in the little things that happen each day and the fact you are all together.
If your child is uneasy, anxious or confused about what’s in the news, you’re not alone. Talking to your child calmly, simply and honestly will help them adjust.
Sudden changes to kids’ routines can make them upset or anxious, so gently explain how their day-to-day might be different over time. For older kids, it’s likely they’re getting information from friends and the media, so talk to them about whatever they’re hearing. Consider how much screen time they have daily, and if it’s helping or hurting.
Let your kids know it’s OK to ask questions, and that they can come to you whenever they need.
Fever, dry cough, and a runny nose are all symptoms of COVID-19. If you, your child or someone in your household are showing these signs, call your doctor to let them know. Most kids are able to recover with rest and fluids. But if they have trouble breathing, call your doctor or emergency services right away.