Our students place great emphasis on their interactions with their peers and will be impacted by social distancing. Some suggestions for looking after your child during this period of isolation may include: 

  • Taking the opportunity to talk to your whole family about what is happening. Understanding the situation will most likely reduce their anxiety and allow them to be critical consumers of the information surrounding the current health crisis.  

  • Helping your child to consider how they have coped with difficult situations in the past and reassuring them that they will cope with this situation too. Reminding her that the isolation will not be permanent. Suggesting they take a break from following regular news updates as overthinking this situation will not be helpful for them in the long run. 

  • Reminding your child to exercise regularly. Options could include walking, dancing, yoga, bouncing on a trampoline or using home exercise equipment, if you have it. Exercise is a proven way of managing for stress and depression. 

  • Encouraging your child to keep in touch with family members and friends via telephone, email or social media (where appropriate). If your child has a smart phone, they could always opt to Facetime their family or friends.

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