At home with small children
Mom and Dad are suddenly in the home office. Grandma and Grandpa can't be visited. The kindergarten is closed, so the parents have to look after the children themselves full-time. Unfortunately small children often cannot understand the new rules. It is understandable that the parents are then sometimes annoyed.
However, do not allow unnecessary panic to arise. If you react to the situation in a panic, your child will feel it very clearly. This will only make him or her unnecessarily afraid. Try to remain calm as much as possible. Your tone of voice should always remain friendly and warm - especially towards your children.
You can also explain the current situation to small children with simple examples. If children understand what is happening, they will be more likely to follow the rules. There are good explanatory videos for children on the Internet about corona. Explain to your child interactively how Corona spreads. This works well with cuddly toys. This makes it more tangible for the little ones.
One of the biggest challenges is to keep the children occupied. If you also work in the home office yourself, you will have little time to spend with the children. That's why we have some ideas for you on how the little ones can keep themselves occupied inside.
- Early morning sport with the children
- Give play tasks
- Building a cave with blankets and pillows
- Listen to audio books
- Record history as a sound recording with your mobile phone - for later playback
- have sth. tinkered
- Self-occupation with interactive books, pets or game robots
- think up play scenarios e.g. children could treat their "sick" cuddly toys
- You have several children? - How about a kids' party
Despite the exit restriction, children can play in their own garden. Only if the rules are followed. Do not arrange to play with other children or parents. It is more difficult in large community gardens where many tenants have access. Here you must be very careful and avoid contact with others. When playing with others, it is imperative that you follow the 1.5 metre distance rule and the hygiene rules.
Make a clear daily plan with your children. It is best to plan together with the children. Establish periods of time where you can concentrate on your work and be undisturbed. And plan the periods of time when you are completely there for the little ones. This will help you both.
Questions and answers
How do I explain Corona to my infant?
Explain to your child which people need special protection against illness. First of all, these are people who are already ill or people whose immune system is already weakened. For example grandma and grandpa. But there are also videos and programmes like "The programme with the mouse". These videos explain everything child-oriented.
How do I explain the curfew to my child?
Show your child the situation with figures or drawings. Explain to your child what happens when each infected person infects two more. Soon there will be hardly any cuddly toys left. Or the sheet is filled with drawings. This makes it tangible for your child.
How do I keep my child occupied at home?
Depending on the age of your child, keeping him or her occupied at home can be a particular challenge. Timetables and creative ideas for keeping the child occupied are helpful here. We have helpful tips for this here.
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Corona: Tips for parents
Helpful tips for dealing with the topic of corona in connection with children.
Federal Ministry of Health - https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/
A practical explanation for parents and children on how to comply with and implement the hygiene rules
For children of many ages you will find here all information and helpful links about Corona and children.
Everything about Corona explained by the mouse - something for the very small ones.
Auf dieser Seite finden Sie Hilfe wie man Kindern erklärt warum jetzt zu Hause geblieben werden muss.
A video that explains the Corona virus and how to deal with it in a simple and child-oriented way.
The current situation is not easy for anyone. Here you will find tips on how to talk to your children about the topic.
Here parents can find the current possibilities they have in financial terms.
So that the young and old at home do not go crazy, there is a site that also offers solutions for this.
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