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Mental health

1. Try to follow a routine, one which which allows for some flexibility. Have a rough plan of what you are going to do each day, but assess your child's mood and energy levels throughout the day and adapt when needed.

2. Try to do some exercise each day. Be led by what your child enjoys and choose something fun - dancing around the house still counts! Not only is this physically important, but will have a huge benefits on their mental health. See our Activities and ideas page for some suggestions.

3. Get outside where you can. If you have access to a garden, spend some time in it each day. See our Activities and ideas page for some creative ideas.

4. Practice mindfulness. This doesn't need to be meditation, children can practice mindfulness in the form of a period of concentration on activities such as Duplo and Lego, puzzles, arts and crafts. Be mindful of what interests your child and what will help them to switch off. 

5. Socialise where possible using technology to communicate with family members and friends. FaceTime can be daunting for some children, who may prefer to record videos to send to friends and family instead. If you are a parent at Stepping Stones make sure you join the WhatsApp group. Email us for details. 

6. Have confidence in yourself as a parent. You know your child better than anyone, you know what motivates them, what they get excited about, and are better equipped than anyone to steer them through this crisis. 

7. Take time out. There will be days when everyone needs to take time out. Give yourself permission to do this without feeling guilty. Curl up on the sofa with your child, watch a film or read a book. Remember - your best will be enough.