I am a parent. And, I have been looking into the faces of babies, parents, and grandparents for over 20 years in my work as a clinical and public health nurse. I have felt the joys, hopes, disappointments, traumas, grief, fears, concerns, laughter and love of parents and children. I have heard their thoughts and feeling. I have seen their actions and the effects of those actions. I have interacted with the myriad of professionals who weave in and out of family life. Because of this and being a parent, I have a great appreciation for the range of experience that exists within and between each parent and child.
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Parenting Q & A
If you have any questions, email me at ns@OMGparenting.com
How do I help my child develop social skills during this pandemic?
Some ideas for helping your children develop social skills:
- Online for all ages:
- web sites that offer fun activities kids can do within video chats (e.g., Caribu, Messenger Kids, and Jackbox Games)
- Adapt scavenger hunts for ages for instance, “Find something in your house you’ve had for over 5 years / the color blue/from your last birthday, then tell the other person the story of how you got it.”
- Write stories together online – maybe play with you start it, next person continues it and on through all attendees until the story is done.
- Read together – discuss where was there empathy, sharing, anger and how was it expressed. With younger children, have them point out different feelings on faces on the page.
- Use puppets and toys to play – purposefully set up social situations
- Older children:
- have ‘rehearsal conversations’, imagining scenarios and how to respond
- Share your dilemma’s (appropriately for your child’s maturity) and ask what they would do. Discuss.
If you are having trouble identifying social skill to develop, here are some ideas:
- listening to others
- following directions
- cooperating and using manners
- showing empathy
- sticking up for oneself
- asking for permission or help
- waiting your turn
- deciding what to do
- dealing with teasing or losing