How can mums prepare for self isolation at home? | Parenting during coronavirus

Updated: Mar 22, 2020

As parents, it's natural for us to worry about our children when there is an illness spreading. We all need to prepare for self isolation in order to flatten the curve of the virus. Thankfully children seem to only get mild symptoms of the coronavirus. However, they can easily pass the virus on to more vulnerable members of your family and friends so it's important that we all do our bit to help stop the spread of infection.

I spoke to Channel 5 about some of the things I have been doing to keep our home clean and safe.

Prepare for self isolation at home

  • Sensible stockpiling - It is helpful to SLOWLY stockpile some of the very basic essentials so that you can avoid leaving your home as much as possible. But, please DO NOT start stripping the shelves of pasta and cans. Add a couple of extra items to your normal weekly shop but nobody needs a years worth of toilet paper. It's completely unnecessary and selfish.

  • Wash your hands - Get your family into the habit of regularly washing their hands in order to help prevent spreading the virus around your home.

  • Disinfect surfaces - Regularly disinfect surfaces, especially those that are touched often such as door handles, toys, keyboards, cupboards, and light switches.

  • Speak to your employer - Its important to keep yourself well-informed on what your employer plans to do if you are required to self-isolate. Can you work remotely? Will you get full pay? How will you keep in contact with colleagues?

  • Speak to your child's school - Find out what practices they are putting in place to help protect their pupils. Will they still be able to receive education from home? How do they plan to structure the online school day?

  • Speak to other parents - You may be required to find childcare or offer childcare to those who need to continue attending work while their child is off school. It's important that we all work together and help out one another where we can.

After you prepare for self isolation at home you will feel more prepared and ready for the next few weeks/months.

See also:

Talking to children about coronavirus

Self isolating with a toddler

Coping with coronavirus anxiety

Books to encourage postitive mental health in young children

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