Tips and coping strategies during coronavirus pandemic #2

This is our second week highlighting many resources that can help families survive life at home during this period of self-isolation

Family Survival Tips #2

Structure and a sense of humour. Both are crucial during these times.

Many childhood experts are recommending kids follow a schedule each day. Khan Academy, an organization that promotes education, has excellent schedules for all grade levels that include worksheets, suggested podcasts, book recommendations and much more.

As for a sense of humour? Well, you simply must watch this video.

COVID-19 Useful Informatoin

Government of Quebec COVID-19 website & hotline

Canadian & Quebec Governments extend tax deadlines

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

City of Montreal COVID-19 information portal

Fraud Alerts – Fraudsters targeting Canadians via text, email, phone and at the door

Canada’s big banks to allow mortgage payment deferrals due to coronavirus

Online Learning Resources

Montreal’s two English school boards are now providing online learning portals to help students keep up with their lessons.

Lester B. Pearson School Board

English Montreal School Board

Nature

Explore.org is the world’s leading philanthropic live nature camera network and documentary film channel. Enjoy seeing wild animals such as gorillas, pandas, grizzly bears, eagles, elephants, lions, sharks, and many others in their natural habitats.

National Geographic Kids allows children to learn facts about animals, science, history and geography, along with fun competitions, games and more.

Online Storytimes & Crafts

At stories.audible.com you will find hundreds of books to entertain, engage, and inform young people up to the age of 18. These stories offer a screen-free option that can break up the day for families. This is being offered FREE – no log-ins, credit cards, or passwords required. Just click, stream and listen.

The Jewish Public Library Youth Space is offering a variety of live, online programs on its Facebook Page. So far, they have weekly storytimes, craft projects, cooking fun and a scavenger hunt.

Mo Willems invites you into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Students can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s virtual studio. So grab some paper and crayons and join the fun weekdays at 1 p.m. Learn more

Healthy Body & Mind

Modo Yoga NDG is offering yoga classes on Instagram Live so that families can roll out their mats, wherever they are, to breathe, stretch and relax. Learn more on their Facebook Page or Instagram Account

Studio Trybe in Montreal is offering online yoga classes on Facebook and Instagram. From Monday to Friday, adults and teens can join a class from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and kids can enjoy their own class from 3 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Getting outdoors is a great way to clear your mind and to clear the head of cabin fever. As long as you continue to practice social distancing (two metres away from others), there are many ways to enjoy the outdoors. Check out these 30 Classic Outdoor Games for Kids by WIRED.

Food Stuff

Many of us tend to snack more when we are bored. To help curb bad snacking habits, check out this list of Smart Snacking Ideas from KidsHealth. This list is broken down into different age groups.

With so much time at home, this could be a good time to allow the kids a chance to start mastering the art of cooking. If so, check out Jamie Oliver’s Tips for Getting Cooking with Kids.

At the best of times, finding meal ideas can be frustrating. Now that many parents must make three meals a day, inspirational ideas could be very welcomed. Check out Dinner Mumspiration on Facebook. This online community allows parents to share their creations and recipes and offers up new ideas every day. I personally use this space often and it has kept my kitchen repertoire fresh and healthy.

Reaching Out to Others

Canadahelps.org has a list of charitable organizations that are focused on helping those affected by the coronavirus. Consider donating if you can afford to help out.

Get your kids involved in helping others in their community. Do you know any seniors? Ask your children to write a note asking if they need any help with groceries or running errands.

Read this heartwarming story about how one restaurant owner and a group of real estate agents started an initiative to help feed the less fortunate residents of Hudson.

To read Tips and Coping Strategies #1, click here

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