In the current climate with the COVID-19 pandemic at the front of our minds and impacting our daily lives, many of us are looking for ways to make life a little more comfortable and “normal” for our kids.
Here are some tips to helps kids (tips from the Child Mind Institute):
Stick to routine. Make sure you are taking care of the basics just like you would during a spring break or summer vacation. Structured days with regular mealtimes and bedtimes are an essential part of keeping kids happy and healthy.
Focus on what you’re doing to stay safe. An important way to reassure kids is to emphasize the safety precautions that you are taking, including washing your hands, using hand sanitizer, keeping a safe distance from others, staying at home, etc.
Don’t be afraid to discuss the coronavirus. Most children will have already heard about the virus or have seen people wearing face masks, so parents shouldn’t avoid talking about it. Not talking about something can actually make kids worry more.
Be developmentally appropriate. Don’t volunteer too much information, as this may be overwhelming. Instead, try to answer your child’s questions. Take your cues from your child.
Be reassuring. Children are very egocentric, so hearing about the coronavirus on the news may be enough to make them seriously worry that they’ll catch it. It’s helpful to reassure your child about how rare the coronavirus actually is and that kids actually seem to have milder symptoms.
Products Young Living offers to help kids with overall wellness:
- Feather the Owl: This ultrasonic diffuser functions as a humidifier, aroma diffuser, night-light, and white-noise machine.
- KidScents Blends
- KidScents GeneYus helps keep distractions at bay and promotes feelings of grounding to minimize distraction during projects or lessons for all the parents homeschooling right now. Includes Frankincense, Cedarwood, Palo Santo, Melissa, and Bergamot essential oils
- KidScents SleepyIze promotes an atmosphere conducive to calm, restful sleep. Includes Lavender, Geranium, Roman Chamomile, and Bergamot essential oils
- Single OIls
- Lavender is one of the most popular aromatherapy oils and thought to calm by impacting the limbic system, the part of the brain that controls emotions.
- Valerian is thought to contain compounds that promote sleep and calm nerves. It can have a mild sedative effect on the body.
- Jasmine can promote a sense of well-being and thought to calm the nervous system without causing sleepiness.
- Bergamot oil comes from bergamot oranges and has an invigorating citrus scent and both animal and human trials have found that bergamot helps improve mood.
- Rose essential oil is extracted from rose petals. Roses have an enchanting floral scent known to relax the senses.
- Frankincense oil is made from the resin of the Boswellia tree and has a musky, sweet aroma.
Young Living recognizes how challenging this time can be for both kids and parents and have redirected some resources to specifically help these groups
Hand sanitizer: Our Spanish Fork facility will temporarily make hand sanitizer for donation to those on the frontlines, including local school districts, police and fire departments.
Baby essentials: We are working with Baby2Baby to fulfill needs for baby essentials and personal care items in family resource centers, homeless shelters, health clinics and head start centers across the nation. We have donated 500 packs of Seedlings Baby Wipes, 500 bars of soap and 500 packages of Thieves Toothpaste. In addition, the company donated 500 packs of its Seedlings Baby Wipes to the Silicon Slopes Serves, which will benefit the One Utah Child Care program.
Tracy Aviary: In a nod to our Feather the Owl diffuser, we recently announced a $55,000 donation to the Tracy Aviary which will allow it to maintain operations and support conservation efforts while it’s closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information visit YoungLiving.com.