School shutdown is also a chance to make better relationships with our children and teenagers. One-on-One time is free and fun. It makes children feel loved and secure, and shows them that they are important.
Set aside time to spend with each child
It can be for just 20 minutes, or longer – it’s up to us. It can be at the same time each day so children or teenagers can look forward to it.
Ask your child what they would like to do
Choosing builds their self-confidence. If they want to do something that isn’t OK with physical distancing, then this is a chance to talk with them about this.
With your baby or toddler
- Copy their facial expression and sounds
- Sing songs, make music with pots and spoons
- Stack cups or blocks
- Tell a story, read a book, share pictures
- With your young child**
With your child
- Read a book or look at pictures
- If it’s safe, go for a walk outdoors or around the home
- Dance to music or sing songs
- Do a chore together – make cleaning and cooking a game!
- Help with school work
With your teenager
- Talk about something they like: sports, music, celebrities, friends
- If it’s safe, go for a walk – outdoors or around the home
- Exercise together to their favourite music