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Parenting During COVID-19

The current pandemic is a challenging time for all of us. With schools and some childcare centres being closed, the words ‘parenting’ and ‘family responsibility’ seem to have taken on a new meaning – one that demands boundless energy and creative ideas to keep children active and engaged all day. Here are a few tips that you may find helpful:

Knowledge is power

Although it may seem like information overload the minute we tune into the news, the more we know, the better we can protect ourselves and our loved ones. It is better for our children to get their information from us rather than from their siblings, friends or social media.

The Manitoba government’s website at www.manitoba.ca/covid19 provides accurate and timely updates, helpful resources and support during COVID-19.

The federal government has also launched a new app that aims to provide Canadians with the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic. The free app, known as Canada COVID-19, covers the virus, how it spreads, prevention and symptoms as well as travel advice and links to federal financial supports for businesses and the public. The app is available on both Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store.

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Communication is key Keeping

open lines of communication with children and family members is crucial during this time of social distancing. Video chats are a great tool for staying connected. Take advantage of the apps available and schedule a video call with your family and friends.

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Self-care

You cannot give from a depleted source, so take time each day to engage in a relaxing activity such as walking, yoga, or reading a book. Social distancing doesn’t mean isolation so remember to find ways to connect with your friends, family or co-workers on a regular basis.

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Stay active and have fun with your kids

My Learning at Home (Manitoba Education) - The collection of resources on this site can support your child’s well-being and learning growth and encourage meaningful family-centred learning. New early childhood, Kindergarten to Grade 12, and adult learning supports are added and updated regularly.

Highlights - At Home: A Click Away is an excellent resource put together by the Winnipeg Public Library. This resource helps connect with the Library’s resources and the many free online resources being shared such as online activities, authors, artists, and organizations generously sharing their time, and new resources added daily.

Crash Course is a YouTube channel offering engaging educational videos suitable for high school students. The channel features a wide range of subjects, from anatomy to world history.

Many companies that produce educational materials have made their resources available free of charge. ABCmouse.com is offering a free 30-day trial of its comprehensive early learning academy for children aged 2-8 and includes educational games and activities designed by teachers. PBS KIDS and PBS LearningMedia are offering tools to help support learning at home, including educational videos and games from favorite series, and related skill-building offline activities.

Time Magazine's Time for Kids for elementary and middle school students, digital subscriptions are free for the duration of the school year. Other helpful links: