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Deconfinement : living with the new normal and staying the course 

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Deconfinement : living with the new normal and staying the course
June 9, 2020

Nicole Fortier, psychosocial counsellor

 

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Deconfinement : living with the new normal and staying the course

Gradual deconfinement does not signal the end of the sanitary measures we have gotten accustomed to since the early days of the pandemic : social distancing, hand washing, wearing a mask in public… Fortunately, gatherings of up to 10 people from three separate households are now permitted. Finally, a breath of air welcomed by us all. Confinement at its peak was intense, stressful, anxiety provoking and made us face a slew of new experiences.

The recommendations made by public health are regularly communicated at press conferences, in the news, on social media, and on posters in various public spaces. Children are able to see them all the time, and for some even to experience them at daycare or school. They will talk about it with you and it's up to you to reassure them.

It is normal for parents to convey information according to their beliefs, understanding and emotions. Yes, fear, anxiety, uncertainty and the virus are still present in our daily lives. And it is perfectly human to experience discomfort, to adjust and to readjust. So how do we accompany our children through this adaptive process that is constantly evolving ? Whenever possible, we must try our best not to relay our fears and anxieties to our children. We should explain the different challenges that the pandemic poses to our lives.

It is also a good idea to agree on safety measures with other families you spend time with to make sure everyone is on the same wavelength. You may notice that preferences for safety measures differ from one family to another. You will likely experience challenges and contradictions, but communication, flexibility and adaptability are major assets to rely on when facing our new normal. The winning recipe is mutual respect and shared values.

Our children will learn to adapt as they develop skills throughout their lives. Trust them, they too have already learned from this experience of confinement. You will be surprised at their thoughts and comments. Staying the course will keep us focused on what's right for us and our children without making us feel guilty. We're all doing our best.

Nicole Fortier, psychosocial counsellor

References
Covid-19. Le déconfinement expliqué aux enfants, naitreetgrandir.com/fr/nouvelles/2020/05/11/covid19-video-deconfinement-explique-enfants/ 2020.

Maladie à coronavirus COVID-19. Mon enfant est inquiet en raison de la pandémie, comment le soutenir, publications.msss.gouv.qc.ca/msss/fichiers/2019/19-210-15W.pdf 2020.

COVID-19  : Comment la pandémie touche-t-elle les tout-petits et leurs familles ?, tout-petits.org/publications/sur-le-radar/covid-19/ 2020.

 

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