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Do’s and Don’ts- During isolation

Do answer their questions

Most children under the age of four won’t fully understand what this whole thing is all about. However, if they do ask questions, explain the situation to them according to their capabilities. Give them the fundamental guidelines for taking care of themselves, using a vocabulary that is easy for them to understand.

Don’t confuse them

Avoid using technical terms like ‘pandemic’ or ‘epidemiology’.

Speak to them

calmly and clearly – providing an overabundance of information will only end up confusing them.

Do your research

Before speaking to your children, make sure you consult reliable sources for information. If there’s something that you don’t know, it is better to admit it than lying or misinforming about it. The truth is that there are some things we will only know when there’s more information available.

Don’t send the wrong message

Try not to highlight that the virus comes from China, or that it is associated with certain types of places. Doing so might result in you sending a confusing, potentially racist and incorrect message about the situation.

Working and Learning Environment

Do organize your house

Take the time to modify certain areas of your home. You will want your own space that can act as your office, while your children will need an area to function as their classroom. Natural light and plants will encourage a calm, healthy atmosphere, while making water and healthy snacks available will help break up the day.

Don’t work where you sleep

Try and avoid working in your bedroom if you can. This goes for your kids too. If it’s possible, make sure their classes are in a different part of the house.

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