April 17 – 15 Parenting Tips when in Lockdown

  1. It’s OK to point out things that are different—and things that are the same.
  2. Play lots of games—both inside and in your yard. Got chalk? Draw a hop scotch on the driveway.
  3. Put away the phone and really listen to the children.
  4. Structure and routine are more important than ever.
  5. Acknowledge and validate negative emotions your child (or you) may be experiencing.
  6. Make a game out of ways to make a negative into a positive.
  7. Answer questions with simple, age-appropriate facts.
  8. It’s OK to say “I don’t know.”
  9. Take care of yourself.
  10. Spend one-on-one time with each child, giving them your full attention.
  11. Make hand washing fun by singing “Happy Birthday” or other 20-second songs
  12. Make a game out of how few times you can touch your face. Winner gets a prize.
  13. Play “High/Low” at the end of the day: share a high point and a low point for the day.
  14. Praise positive behaviors.
  15. Participate in the activity for the day at Pal’s April Calendar.

Today’s activity: We’ve given you 15 parenting tips for this time. Choose one of these ideas and implement it today.

Tell us what tips you are incorporating–or add some of your own. Post a picture of you and your family here.