Monthly Archives: March 2020

Covid 19 – Our recommendations on how to discuss it with your kids

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Covid 19 is here to stay & it’s important to open the communications channel & being honest & forthright with your kids. Kids worry more when they’re kept in the dark. Here are a few ways in which you can help your children deal with the many emotions they may be experiencing right now due to the radical changes in their daily routines (Parents all the time, YAY, no teachers? No friends? What’s going on! Today is Meatball Day, why am I getting toast? & other headaches on kids’ minds). 

1. Answer their questions about Covid 19 

Your kids are hearing about coronavirus (Covid-19). You want to make sure they get reliable information — & you want them to hear it from you. Here’s our suggested way to approach the subject & talk to your kids.

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2. Let your child feel their emotions & help them explore

Children must be feeling disappointed with cancelled school plays, sports matches & activities. They must be missing their friends because of the coronavirus outbreak. As per this UNICEF report  Doctor’s advice is to let them be sad & help them deal with it by talking to them and exploring their feelings. in the scope of an adolescent’s life these are major losses. This is bigger for them than it is for us because we’re measuring it against our lifetime & experience. Support, expect & normalize that they are very sad & very frustrated about the losses and that they are mourning. When in doubt, empathy & support are the way to go!

3. Parents – Monitor your own behaviour about Covid 19 

Children rely on their parents to provide a sense of safety & security.  They take emotional cues from their parents anxiety. You need to stay calm & do not overshare your fears with the kids. You must try to have a proactive conversation with the kids & provide them with reassurance & guidance.   

Covid 19 News & Updates 

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3 Fun activities for kids to do at home

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Meditate with Kids

Children learn well with games and fun exercises so you can start by playing a game of who can be the quietest, or breathing exercises that incorporate following a fun rhythm or with playful music. You can start with just 5 minutes per day and gradually increase from there.

  1. Relax your body and begin to take deep inhales and slow exhales through the nose.
  2. Start to take a slow, deep breath to fill your belly up with air, as if you’re trying to blow up a big balloon. Expand your belly as much as you can.
  3. Slowly let the air out of the balloon (through the nose) as you release the breath from the belly.
  4. Encourage your kids to feel their entire body relax each time they exhale, each time air is slowly being released from the balloon. You can even make a “hissing” noise to encourage them to slow down the exhale even more, “Like letting air out of the balloon.”
  5. Continue for several minutes.
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Story time can help learn

Whether at school or at home, encourage your child to read along and turn reading time into a fun and effective reading game time. If it is a story that they have heard a lot of times before, they will repeat a lot of it from memory instead of actually reading the words. But this will help them associate the words to the sounds. This will also help you interact better with your child because they will feel involved and needed. Give them a reward, like their favourite snack, every time they read without making any mistakes. This will encourage them to improve and work harder.

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Jigsaws puzzles and Legos

 We’ve all played with Legos, building blocks, and jigsaw puzzles, no matter what age. Let your kids make a tower, a robot or an aeroplane with Legos, so they can construct different structures and designs. While building blocks allow children to create anything from imagination, jigsaw puzzles are structured. Have them start with jigsaw puzzles that are easy to solve and then progress to more difficult ones. Doing this will help them hone critical problem-solving skills and strategic thinking.

 

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Powerful foods to supercharge your child’s immunity

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Nothing pains a parent more than seeing their child fall easy prey to infectious diseases, especially due to coronavirus pandemic across the world. We have listed down a few ways to supercharge your kid’s immunity:

Dig into Dairy 

Milk products such as cheese and yoghurt are excellent sources of calcium. They also provide magnesium and phosphorous that help the body absorb calcium better. Children in the age group 3-5 years should drink full fat milk and dairy products. Add variety by giving your child yogurt in different flavors and adding chocolate to his daily cup of milk.

Be Sneaky 

If your little tot isn’t a dairy lover, there are tons of delicious ways to aid his intake. Make porridge or oatmeal for breakfast and let him feast on pudding as a snack. You can even blend yoghurt into fruit smoothies and sprinkle cheese on an omelet or his favorite veggies.

Beyond the Milky Way  

No matter how creative you get, there are days when your child will just be plain fussy. Opting for non-milk sources of calcium breaks monotony. Try feeding your child calcium fortified bread and cereals, orange juice, soy milk and tofu.

Go Green 

Dark green veggies like broccoli, peas and spinach as well as beans are great sources of calcium.

That’s just Nuts 

Nuts, especially almonds are high in calcium. Don’t miss out on sunflower seeds and sesame seeds (or tahini)

“D” Day 

The ever-important Vitamin D, without which the body cannot absorb calcium. One way to make sure your child gets enough Vitamin D is by sending him out to play in the sun. A few minutes of morning sun exposure works wonders. (only if safe, and preferably on their own or with a parent accompanying them to ensure they stay away from other children / adults in these trying times). Other sources of Vitamin D are milk, cereals, orange juice, cheese, eggs and yoghurt.

Sources
The Washington post - 2020
UNICEF Report - 2019
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COVID – Keep Your Gadgets Clean with these Easy Steps

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As per the American medical journal (2017), smartphones contain a host of bacteria & viruses. However, the report was not taken too seriously when released, however now that the the world is under the coronavirus pandemic, it’s time to keep your gadgets sanitized & clean. Here are 10 things to do & not to do in order to keep your phone clean:

1. Use disposable gloves whilst cleaning your smartphone(s) & tablet(s)

2. Apple says that spray cleaners shouldn’t be directly used to clean iPhones/iPads

3. Do not use ‘straight’ alcohol to clean your smartphone

4. Use only disinfectant wipes that have 70% isopropyl alcohol to clean your smartphone

5. Use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth, like a lens cleaning cloth

6. American telecom service provider AT&T says that paper towels can be used after spraying disinfectants on them

7. Do not dip your smartphone in any sort of liquid in order to do a ‘deep’ clean

8. Do not use any vinegar to clean your smartphone

9. Do not use any sort of bleach to clean your smartphone

10. Ensure that you wash your hands with soap & water once you’ve cleaned your phone

Smartphones, & tablets are all excellent ways for your children to play, learn, & stay occupied so you can have a few quiet moments to yourself or with a loved one throughout the day. By taking the time to put a few safeguards in place, you can ensure that your kids are safe from bacteria & viruses.

 
Sources: Gadgets Now
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Inspiring & Fun Things To Do At Home During The Corona Virus Situation

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Hygiene is King these days.
Help your kids stay clean and clear!

Every day during the Corona Virus, we will be sharing an email to all parents on our lists and also on our blogs and social media to give parents some fun things they can do during the outbreak. We will be sharing some movie suggestions, some activities to do and some general news about what is going on. Should you have any questions about the outbreak in your home country, please reach out to the health authorities or check local news regularly. If we can help, please don’t hesitate in reaching out via our Facebook page.

Movie Suggestions

 

Another Day, Another Update. We hope that yesterday gave you a little bit of inspiration and some insight in to things you can do with your kids. We are being as creative as we can be and relying on our network of teachers, pedagogues and parents, so if you have any great ideas or suggestions, please
do share on our Facebook page or contact us via our website and send in suggestions!

Fun Activity – Make Your Own Postcards & Send Them

A Local Update from the USA (NYC)

In New York City things are changing daily, but isn’t that every day anyway in the Big Apple? The last few days have been strange, but we keep on trying to be creative and have fun with the kids. Parks and playgrounds remain open, so we are taking it a bit easier than I think our colleagues and friends in Europe. I read recently that fresh air and sunlight helps, so we will take that approach and enjoy some of the sun whilst we can!

We recommend avoiding handshakes or hugs with friends/strangers, why not go for a “Namaste” instead or a bow?

Some News From Around the World

Some Things to Do At Home, From Canada

Italians Singing – Responses from Singers – Lewis Capaldi “Someone you loved”

Do be extra diligent, ensure you use lots of soap & help your kids go the extra mile!

Statistics on COVID-19

If you want live stats on COVID-19, Click here

Learn To Make and Write Post Cards

https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Postcard – How to make some fun post cards at home

Some inspirational cards, you can make in your own at home! All you need is glue, paper and a bit of imagination – This is an amazon link to show some finished products

We hope you are all staying safe, healthy and in doors as advised!

We will give you an update with more insight on another country tomorrow. If you have any questions or feedback, please share on https://www.facebook.com/skidosgames/

Keep safe, clean & if at all concerned, contact your local health services via the phone to limit the spread of bacteria. We will share more news tomorrow!
Yours Truly,
The SKIDOS Team