At this point, there’s no one whose life hasn’t been impacted in some way by Coronavirus. Particularly for parents, the last month has been a major adjustment period. Kids are home from school, non-essential jobs are furloughed, and most people are finding ways to work from home. It’s a lot to get used to, and most of us are doing the best we can. I hope you and your kids are acclimating safely.

I’ve already talked with my girls about the situation and I know many other parents have had to talk with their kids about the pandemic. It’s not easy, and it can be scary for parents and kids alike. I know I’ve certainly felt the fear of uncertainty creep into the back of my head lately. But in my house, we try not to focus on the bad things. Instead, we have a simple saying.

“What can I do?”

It may seem like a funny question to ask, but I’ve found that everyone can do something, no matter the situation. While nurses and first responders are out there on the front lines, everyday citizens like you and I need to #FlattenTheCurve, and that means staying healthy. For parents especially, keeping your kids safe and healthy is the number one priority.

What can I do?

Protecting your kids from exposure to Coronavirus has come down to simple, common-sense things. Parents need to abide by the following tips to keep themselves and their kids safe during these uncertain, scary times:

  • Stay at home as much as possible and comply with shelter in place decrees. If you do need to go out in public, practice social distancing and stay away from large crowds. For parents, do what you can to limit your kids’ exposure to public places.
  • Make sure everyone is practicing good hand washing technique! Teach kids to lather thoroughly using antibacterial soap. Wash the palms and back of hands, in-between fingers and up to the wrists. Teach kids the importance of lathering for one full minute.
  • Tell kids not to touch their faces! This is a big one, and can limit not only the potential for contracting Coronavirus, but a whole slew of viruses and bacterial conditions. Try to teach kids to avoid touching their face consciously.
  • Teach kids proper coughing and sneezing habits. Cough and sneeze into the crook of the elbow, away from people. Teach kids not to wipe their noses on their sleeve (or anything else around them) and instead, use a tissue!
  • Maintain a good, healthy diet to boost the immune system. Eat lots of fruits, veggies and leafy greens, and get plenty of protein. Keto and Paleo diets are great guidelines. It’s a great opportunity for family meals, with everyone stuck inside.

While Coronavirus is spreading at an exponential rate, the good news is that #SocialDistancing has proven effective in keeping people safe. For parents, keeping exposure to yourself and your kids as low as possible is as easy as following the above steps. I encourage everyone to ask themselves “what can I do?” as they think about Coronavirus. Realize that the best step in protecting yourself and your kids is to stay inside, stay clean and stay vigilant.