PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s been a rough few months for parents. Schools, parks, playgrounds — all closed.
For many parents during the age of COVID-19, home is now the classroom, the office and the center of entertainment.READ MORE: Holy Cow, Not Again! More Bovines Get Loose In West Virginia
Dr. Rachel Schwartz, a special education teacher and consultant for the Watson Institute has written an article called “Thoughts for Families in a Hard Time.” She went over a few points with KDKA’s Brenda Waters.
“Connect” was at the top of the list. She says when things get tough people tend to want to pull in, grit their teeth and bear it. But she says that’s not a good idea. She says parents need to reach out — to other resources, to the community, to their church.
“Routine” is another point.READ MORE: Anti-Violence Organizations In Pittsburgh React To New Law Enforcement Initiatives
“The routine is that we live our life following routines, all of us do. Our children have routines and now with covid, all of that was blown out of the water. Now we need to establish a new routine.”
Dr. Schwartz says parents also need to focus on what is most important at the moment and if you children act out, don’t take it personally, they too are dealing with difficult times.
The next one may be a little tough and that is “relax.” But that’s what Dr. Schwartz wants parents to adhere to the most.
“You are everything your child needs. Your child is so lucky to have you as a parent, you are giving them love, the best academia, all of the things they need right now,” she says.MORE NEWS: UPMC Doctors Trying To Raise Awareness About Benefits Of Naps For First Responders
Dr. Schwartz says she wanted to make these points now during National Mental Health Month.