Anxiety can be crippling. It can stop you in your tracks and paralyze you, send you into a fit of anger, or even make you physically sick. Imagine going through that as a child who has no idea what is happening or why.
Children experience anxiety and nervousness more often than parents might think. Understanding that sweaty hands and an upset stomach may be related to their upcoming test or that the angst they are feeling about making a new friend could be causing their headaches does not come naturally.
Editor’s Note: Consider registering your older child or teenager in a licensed first aid program to make sure they have the most accurate and up-to-date knowledge, especially if they are in a position where they may be unsupervised.
Parents can take every precaution possible to keep their kids safe but accidents happen. It is never too early to start teaching your kids basic first aid skills and what to do in an emergency. If your child gets injured, remain calm and talk them through the steps you are taking while applying ice, bandages, or treating a bug bite. The skills you teach them now will be used for a lifetime.
The best balm for kids’ and adults’ pandemic-weary souls exists outside. Nature, in all seasons, offers a way to refresh our minds, get our bodies moving, and take a big, collective deep breath.
Before sending your kids into school for the day, consider starting it with some movement and nature time. It’s one small way to start your whole family’s day in a positive way. And let’s face it: Avoiding the chaos of the dreaded drive-in school drop-off line is a major bonus.
Consider these fun and active ways to get from point A to point B, and enjoy some fresh air time before the school day begins!
It is sometimes quite difficult for a parent to know if their child should be kept home from daycare or school and when their recovering child can be sent back. The decision is made much more difficult when alternate child-care arrangements are not easy to make or when a parent must stay home from work to care for the child. This article will outline some common scenarios and will offer some guidelines to follow in making the decision. Remember that these are just guidelines and that numerous other factors may need to be considered as well.
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