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Easing Kids From Quarantine

Posted at 8:30 AM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 08:30:32-04

LANSING, Mich. — Several state have already started loosening their stay at home restrictions. But by the end of next week, more than half of the country will be starting to reopen. Our Lindsey Boetsch spoke with one expert who says there's some science to helping your children ease out of isolation.

This is a global pandemic. Things are going to be different as we move back out of quarantine and into society. These past few weeks have been hard on most Americans. We are all missing out on the things we’re used to, things that used to feel really good and make us feel really happy. And as we start thinking about what the future might look like, children’s psychologist Laura Anthony says we could be seeing some changes in our children’s behavior.

Laura Anthony shares that "most of us parents are seeing signs of stress or sadness or grief or frustration disappointment in our kids and we need to really be okay with letting them feel those things, just like we need to be okay with ourselves feeling those things.

Anthony says it’s important to share our feelings with our children and explain to them what the next few weeks might hold.

For exampling when out playing… (just add that previous phrase if you need to reference playing for the chalk/kids, etc. )Having to wear masks… staying 6 feet apart… and whatever recommendations the CDC makes. (Maybe find a third thing to use here instead of CDC – maybe not touching face… etc. If you do a demonstrative standup for those things – you might be able to fold in your tag as part of the standup. It really plays with all this.

Our kids are going to feel more in control when they know what they can do as they’re kind of coming back out into society. It’s good for the rest of us too. And it’s okay to say the reasons why we need to do those things. She also says it’s important to try to lessen the stress we put on ourselves as parents working from home and helping with school work.

We’re all just doing the best we can and I think parents should not feel guilty, offer themselves a little bit of kindness, and a little bit of grace, you’re not in this alone, we’re all struggling, and all you can do is the best you can. That’s all any of us can do is the best we can.

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