As a team we have been thinking a lot these past weeks about how best to support the families we work with. As we move into a period where we are all asked to stay home to lessen the spread of the virus we are wanting to make sure you are receiving the support you need for you and your children.
We are available to you by phone or videoconferencing for child therapy and parent consultations. We also encourage parents to view their children’s behavior through a lens which takes into account some of the big feelings they are experiencing right now: particularly confusion and worry. We often see kids behaviors change around sleeping and eating when they are stressed, and you may see more anger and tears than usual. Small things may trigger big reactions (as you know because you are probably going through many of the same things yourself).
As much as possible, try and be patient and tolerant of more challenging feelings and behaviors as they come up. Provide reassurance that you and others are still here to help them and provide for their needs. Provide opportunities for play, self expression and physical activity. Try and maintain routines, and provide some structure to their day (more on that later).
Follow the child’s lead and need for information related to the current outbreak. Limit media exposure and clarify misperceptions about what is happening.
It is ok if your kids can tell you are worried, in fact, plan on the fact that they probably can tell! Model talking about feelings and how you are trying to help your own. Come up with a family list of things that make you all feel good (baths, snuggles, walking the dog, etc).
We look forward to walking this journey with you over the coming weeks. Please reach out any time using our contact form or directly to your therapist.