During this time of uncertainty and quarantine, having a trusted source to turn to is a welcome respite from all the information coming at us, 24/7. And with kids, it’s even more needed. Thankfully, RWJBarnabas Health is being that source with the latest info and resources for parents to keep our families entertained and in the know. Read on for resources that will not only help you better understand how to talk to, inform and take care of your littles during this time, but also lots of activities (that have a healthy spin to them) to keep them busy and having fun.
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From fun activities and ideas to do while quarantining and keeping social distance to navigating the world of having a special needs child during this confusing time, RWJBarnabas Health has laid out the best tips and tricks to keep your family safe and healthy, both mentally and physically. For parents of special needs children, time at home and away from the regular routine can be difficult and overwhelming, and that’s why Children’s Specialized Hospital, an RWJBarnabas Health Facility, has put together their most important advice and tips to help parents of children with special needs or disabilities. Through tips for structuring their day to how to explain what is happening in the world, these resources can help guide you through this trying time.
For all parents, sitting down with your little to have a talk about staying healthy and going over the best practices for washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and keeping a safe distance from others outside will help your kids understand and put these safety measures into practice. Printing out these directions for washing hands and put them next to your sink in the kitchen and bathroom can help to make sure the entire family is keeping their hands germ-free.
Do you have a couple of NJ Devils fans in the fam? RWJBarnabas Health and the NJ Devils have teamed up to create this adorable and jam-packed activity book, full of illustrations of team players to color in, matching games using game signals, and word searches to keep your kiddos entertained, stimulated and keeping up with their favorite NJ hockey team.
Do any mamas and papas remember the good ole ‘cootie catcher’ of their elementary school days? Show your kids this old-school, handmade toy that’s been a childhood favorite for generations and also teach and reinforce great ways to stay healthy, both mentally and physically. This hand-made game is simple to do and will provide them with lots of entertainment—that gets them off the screens (for now) and reminds them of healthy habits.
This post is sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health, which strives for the highest level of care for every #NJMOM and her kids.