The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has unsettled family life around the world. School closures, remote working, physical distancing and restricted social gatherings are tricky to navigate for anyone, especially parents. Haringey Education Psychology Service have compiled some handy tips to help develop your relationship and keep open lines of communication during these difficult and uncertain times. We have provided their full booklet at the bottom of this page as it has useful context, general advice and specific tips for all age groups.
Haringey EPS Advice for Older Children:
It would be beneficial to learn more about their interests, find ways of exploring these together, taking time to listen, ask questions and show genuine interest.
- Talk about something they like: sports, music, celebrities, friends, keeping up with current trends such as dances, taking part in family challenges can be fun!
- Choreograph, dress up and direct your own dance videos (with special effects)!
- Go for a walk – outdoors (remembering social distancing rules).
- Exercise/ bike rides/ dancing together to their favourite music. There are many apps and videos that your teenager can show you. Do some family yoga or other exercise with YouTube.
- Creative activities such as wardrobe planning, hair/ make up/ pampering sessions, redesigning bedroom etc.
Eliminate other distractions where possible, for example, try and switch off the TV and phone. Listen to them, look at them. Give them your full attention. Have fun!
To find more out, you can download a copy of the booklet by clicking on the image below.