* Make a list of activities to do as a family and individually over the weekend, says University of Southern Queensland child psychologist Professor Sonja March.
* It’s good to have fun times together, but important to allow for some distancing within the confines of home.
* COVID-19 restrictions mean staying at home, except to exercise.
* Those who have a yard can plan a mix of indoor and outdoor activities.
* “Take the kids for a scoot around the block, a bike ride around the park or even getting the heart rate up playing games at home,” says dietician Hayley Blieden.
* Keep a regular routine, with plenty of sleep and relaxation, says child and adolescent nursing expert Dr Yvonne Parry.
EAT HEALTHY FOODS
* Chocolate in moderation is the usual advice from dieticians at this time of year.
* Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables – in a range of colours – helps build immunity, adds Ms Blieden.
* “Get your kids involved in selecting, preparing or simply displaying their vegetable and fruit depending on their age,” she said.
* Making fruit skewers are a fun way for kids to get involved.
* Those who feel down about being isolated from their extended family or friends can find ways to stay in touch by making video calls and playing online games.
* Lifeline 13 11 14
* Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36
* Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
* www.brave-online.com – an online self-help program for parents and children
By Cheryl Goodenough