Q. Since my five-year-old son’s preschool has been closed and I have been home with him, I have become concerned about his readiness for kindergarten in the fall. None of his teachers has ever said anything to me about this, but it seems like he doesn’t know a lot of the things my other children had to know before kindergarten. How can I work with him to get him ready for school, or should I consider waiting another year?
Q. I am a mom who is totally losing her mind trying to home-school three kids, cook, clean and work. I feel guilty about having to divide myself so much. How can I spend more time with my kids and give them the attention they need?
With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic stay-at-home mandates. the panelists had words of encouragement for the mother.
“First and foremost,” said panelist Chad Stefanyak, “we need to let the mother know that this is everybody right now. She is not the only one feeling this way.”
Q. My three children ages 8, 11 and 13, constantly bicker. What can I do to keep them from fighting?
The problem here, according to panelist Joanne Raftas, is sibling rivalry. “The children are vying for the attention of the parents,” Raftas said.
This rivalry is normal, Erin Stalsiz said. “Siblings fight, and it is a normal part of growing up. You could let them work things out as long as they are not hurting each other. But if it gets out of hand, have parents take turns and limit the interaction amongst the children if they cannot get along,” Stalsitz said.
For more than 30 years, Project Hope of Easton has provided a winter holiday dinner for some 600 persons in need in the Lehigh Valley. This spring, the 501(c)(3) charity is expanding its efforts to feed the hungry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Project Hope is helping provide food to families with children now unable to access lunches through the Easton and Wilson schools that closed last month. The new program provides weekly pizzas and meals to those with vouchers that are given out at local shelters and food pantries
Q. My son is in elementary school and is really into computers and his iPad. How do I encourage him to pursue this interest as a career, while continuing to be a good parent, and limit his access to the computer?
There is a difference between playing games and using learning modules,” panelist Pam Wallace said.
“If he starts creating things or spends time learning how things work, that is different,” said Wallace.
“No matter what you are doing, screen time changes the brain,” said panelist Mike Daniels.
Q. My daughter, a high school senior, is getting cold feet. She has had her goals all set, been accepted at a good school, but now wants to take a gap year before going to college. I’m not sure how to coach her through it or how hard to push.
Q. My ex-husband and I have a court-ordered visitation schedule, and he wants to continue with that visitation order during the coronavirus pandemic. The children are with me. I have not been sending them to their father’s home. Their father is not in agreement with me, What are some ways to handle this situation?
Panelist Mike Daniels took the lead in dealing with this question, including checking with the courts.
Second of two parts
“The Family Project” panel shares techniques to cope with “stay-at-home” orders for coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Being creative during social distancing and staying at home was suggested by several panel members.
“There’s something to be said for allowing children time to create, problem-solve and entertain themselves,” panelist Chad Stefanyak said, adding, “You might be surprised with what they come up with.”
As a result of Pennsylvania’s order to shut down all non-essential businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, owners and operators of everything from restaurants to hair salons have had to deal with the impact on their employees and customers.
Establishments that offer both essential and non-essential services, such as The Christmas City Veterinarian Hospital on West Broad Street, face the challenge of finding creative ways to meet essential needs without jeopardizing public health and safety.
As a pet owner, I have wondered about any risks to my cat Moxie getting the coronavirus from me, or vice-versa. I was relieved to find some of the answers on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) website.
To begin with, the site said that non-porous surfaces, such as countertops and door knobs transmit viruses better than porous materials, such as pet fur. That’s because porous, especially fibrous, materials absorb and traps the virus. That makes it harder to contract by simply touching.