Preparing your 4-7 Year old for their return to school during the Corona virus.
Play Healing Parent Podcast - Helping Busy Parents to Pause, Play and Connect in this Fast Paced Digital Age, with Debi John
Title: Preparing your 4-7 Year old for their return to school during the Corona virus.
About your host:
Debi is the founder of Play Healing and a mother of two teenage daughters. Debi coaches parents online and has featured on BBC Radio to talk about parenting, home schooling and preventing tech addiction. She has worked in Education with children aged 4-16 for over 20 years, performed as a musician for 25 years and studied a Post Grad in Therapeutic Play.
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I’ve been working with a number of parents who are now thinking about their children transitioning back into school again, but are now faced with a whole new layer of fears to add to their already stressed out brains:
What if they go to hug another child who has the virus?
What if they have an accident and can’t be changed, due to social distancing?
What if my child wants to play with another child’s toy and it’s infected?
What if they need a hug?
Questions I never had to worry about when my eldest was starting school.
The first thing Debi suggests is her ever popular suggestion to PAUSE and look at how we are feeling as parents. If we are in an anxious state it will be very hard to feel relaxed enough to play, attune and connect with them.
Once we have grounded ourselves we can use Play to address some of the issues coming up for the child, whether that’s socially, emotionally, physically or academically.
Debi suggests the use of therapeutic stories including ‘While we can’t hug’ found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PnnFrPaRgY
From the creators of the internationally adored ‘The Hug,’ Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar. (Faber & Faber Publishing)
This could start a conversation about all the things they can still do with their friends and will help to keep things positive.
Other suggestions include Role Play, Puppets, Drawing and Nonsense Play.
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