‘Make physical activity part of children’s routine’ during lockdown

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Parents and carers should ensure that physical activity is part of the routine for children and families during the COVID-19 lockdown, according to an international study involving the University of Strathclyde. The study, detailed in a comment article published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, covers 15 nations. It found that time spent in places such as parks, beaches and community gardens reduced by nearly a third between the week ending 23 February—before the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a COVID-19 pandemic—and the week ending 5 April.

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When To Worry About A Child’s Stomachache, According To Experts

Romper – Jessica Booth

Anyone who has ever spent time with a young child can tell you that they tend to get stomachaches often. Whether it’s because they snuck a few extra snacks, are feeling full after eating, or just want attention, little kids are no stranger to abdominal pain. The most annoying part about this, though, is that it’s hard to know when to worry about a child’s stomachache. How do you know if something is seriously wrong, or if it’s just a run-of-the-mill pain that will go away on its own?

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Can’t go outside? Even seeing nature on a screen can improve your mood

The Conversation – Cris Brack and Aini Jasmin Ghazalli

Are you feeling anxious or irritated during the coronavirus lockdown? Do you constantly want to get up and move? Maybe you need a moment to engage with nature. Getting into the great outdoors is difficult at right now. But our research soon to be published in Australian Forestry shows you can improve your mood by experiencing nature indoors. This could mean placing few pot plants in the corner of your home office, or even just looking at photos of plants.

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20 Children’s Books About Waiting To Help Your Kids Practice Patience

Romper – Ashley Jones

Patience may be a virtue, but little kids often don’t have the capacity yet to play the waiting game. Kids like to be busy, they like to get what they want when they want it, and they don’t like to be told something won’t happen as quickly as they’d like. If you’ve ever taken a long car trip with your kids or had to wait in line for a ride at Disney World, you know exactly how impatient kids can be. Waiting patiently is a skill that has to be taught and honed in on over time to really sink in, which is where these 20 books come into play.

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Children’s grief in coronavirus quarantine may look like anger. Here’s how parents can respond

The Conversation – Elena Merenda and Nikki Martyn

COVID-19 has taken the world by storm and profoundly changed the lives of children and families. Children aren’t going to school and many businesses have temporarily shut down. Many parents are working from home and essential front-line workers like doctors and nurses are working longer hours with increased risk and stress.

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