HEALTH & WELLNESS
Seeing Is Believing, Show Them
They know not what they do and the reality is, neither do you.
You are now home from work and the children are too! Young children thirst for attention and when you go out, they are right by your side. As they are with you, trailing along, there is no way to know what they are touching each and every moment.
Now they are in tow, everywhere you go. With COVID-19 still in full effect not only are you at home but so are your children. Those little ones are right there with you…in the car seat and out, in the stores and out, then back in the car seat and out again. As you are moving around taking care of business, so are they…the business of touching and exploring their immediate surroundings. Normally their actions would be permitted, but in the age of a pandemic, such as a coronavirus, touching and exploring everywhere and everything within reach probably is not the best thing to be doing. This coupled with the fact that many children are apt to put their hands on their face or in their mouth.
When raising children, there are always teachable moments and safety is usually one of the topics. Young children can be considered to be in a high-risk category, simply because they do not understand their loss of freedom and the protocols of this new normal. This combined with the fact that their attention span is much shorter than that of someone older, so even when something is explained to them, it must be continually repeated for their safety. With this being the case, sanitary measures need to be increased by parents and caregivers.
Reminders are good for us all, since we all have so much on our minds with the way our lives have been altered. As parents and caregivers, we must continue to uphold the safety standards that will maintain good health and wellness for all. Keep these on your COVID-19 protocol list of ‘daily to do’s’ :
- Teach by example: as a parent or caregiver, you should be demonstrating the proper way to wear a face mask and its importance for good health and wellness.
- Car interior: sanitize ALL areas, especially what young children touch when getting in and out of the backseat, which is pretty much everything.
- Car seat: take special care not to miss a spot when sanitizing, including straps, buckles and underneath seat edges.
- Car door handle: sanitize interior and exterior, including all buttons.
- Hand sanitizer: use upon returning to the car.
As we know, children learn from what they see. Have them around so they can observe you as you were sanitizing, allowing them to visually see the process. Talk through it with them, so they can understand the ‘why’ and store the visual with the verbal instructions. You are your child’s best teacher, so don’t miss any opportunity to enhance their learning.
Your thoughts are welcome, so comment below as to whether this TOTD was helpful, what you would like to know as it relates to safety tips, and what you were able to relate to. Your insights and expressions are appreciated.
The header and additional image are identical with the exception of the title of this article is on the second image. The photos are of a mama swan in the water with several of her babies.