Find ways to stay connected and busy as a family. Even though they can’t see their friends like normal, there’s still plenty families can do together to enjoy themselves. Board games, picnicking and hiking are a few of Shefner’s family-time suggestions. Now is a good time, she added, to think about what activities you can do as the weather gets colder to stay engaged with each other and with external family and friends. Seeking refuge outdoors won’t be as easy in a few months.
Limit screen time, especially in the evenings. Adults have trouble disconnecting, so don’t assume children can police their own device use. The constant barrage of input from screens is mentally taxing for children, according to Shefner, not to mention the emotional impact of news and social media. “Along with the pandemic, so many other things are happening right now and there are a lot