Helping Your Kids to Grow


At APD, we’ve always cared about your health. But how should you and your kids stay healthy when everything is suddenly so different?

Welcome to Community Care News, a free resource from APD designed to help you know how to stay healthy as a very different future unfolds for all of us. Here we will share tips about food, exercise, sleep, and other issues important to improve your health in simple but important ways every day.

Community Care News Edition #5: Helping Your Kids to Grow

For those of you with children at home, this is an especially challenging time. As local schools have closed their doors for the remainder of the school year, parents and caregivers have turned into teachers, emotional supports, and playmates. It’s a lot, especially when you’re trying to accomplish your own work at home.

We tackled ways to keep your children’s education on track in a previous edition of CCN. Now let’s focus on how to engage your kids in ways that help them grow and develop outside the classroom.

Take a virtual trip

Families new to homeschooling might be amazed at how much more free time students have after finishing their lessons. How can you fill that time, now that extracurricular activities aren’t an option? Take a virtual field trip! Try one of these:

Explore a National Park with Google Streetview

Go caving in Vietnam

Visit aquariums and zoos through live webcams. Here’s a couple of our favorites:

Learn something new

If you want to try something “closer to home,” there are lots of options. This is a great chance for kids to stretch their boundaries and try a new skill, learn how to play music, or get a taste for new food.

Video meeting playdates

Staying home all the time can get lonely for kids. Online platforms such as Zoom and Google Hangout are great ways for children and teens to reconnect with their peers. And if video games are part of children’s recreation, think about supporting them in finding games that meet your approval that they can play WITH other kids. A big benefit of this can include the ability to share live commentary with friends and stay connected.

To avoid running into online trouble, make sure the game is private and your child is playing only with people you know. It might not be the playground you’re all used to, but it’s a lot of fun playing Minecraft with a bunch of buddies.

With a little extra attention, we are confident your kids will be able to continue to learn, grow, and develop skills that help them all their lives.