All of us have been affected by COVID-19 in one way or another, especially here in NYC.

At The Art Farm NYC, we hope that you and your family have been able to stay safe. We miss our in-person preschool classes and farm tours just as much as you do, and we can’t wait for the day when we can all safely gather once again.

In a previous post, we provided you with a few ideas that can help you support your child through the immense number of changes and hardships we’re enduring. In today’s post, we’d like to take the conversation a step further and discuss a few ways in which you can further support your child as we adapt and adjust to our new sense of normalcy.

As we’ll explain in more detail below, we’re now offering virtual summer camp classes to provide children with something they can look forward to all summer long — we hope to see your child there!

How to Check In With Your Child

Be Honest, But Cautious

If you haven’t had an open conversation with your child about COVID-19 and what life will look like for the foreseeable future, now is a good time to do so. Of course, you’ll need to tailor the discussion to your child’s age and understanding, but it’s important that they understand at least some of the reasons why they haven’t been able to live a normal life the last few months.

If you have already had this discussion, now’s a good time to follow up and ask if your child has any additional questions or concerns.

Practice Active Listening

Active listening is more than just halfway listening to what someone says while planning what you’ll say when they’re done — it’s the process of giving the speaker your full and undivided attention until they’ve finished speaking. When you’re having a conversation with your child about the changes they’re experiencing and how the situation makes them feel, take the time to fully process and understand what they’re saying before you formulate your reply.

As a parent, you might feel tempted to offer a solution or try to fix what’s being said as soon as it’s said, but this isn’t always the right approach, either. It’s often more productive to let your child speak and offer solutions at a later time.

Provide Reassurance

Although all of us are feeling some amount of anxiety about the future, it’s important that you provide your child with constant reassurance that they’re safe and supported. You should also reassure them that it’s OK to feel upset or sad about the situation, especially if they’ve already expressed anxiety or uncertainty.

If you find that your child is having a particularly difficult time coping, you may want to consider contacting your general practitioner or a licensed psychologist for a virtual appointment.

Maintain a Structured Routine

Most of us are still getting used to our new routines. Although it takes time and effort to develop and stick to a new routine, structure is incredibly important for both children and adults. Now that children are out of school, you’ve probably found that it’s easier than ever to let your child stay up late, sleep in, and have as much screen time as they want during the day, especially if you’re working from home.

Instead of letting your household’s routine fall to the wayside this summer, double down on developing a structured schedule that works for everyone. Structure provides a sense of normalcy and purpose, which can both go a long way toward protecting you and your child’s mental health.

Consider Virtual Summer Camp

If your child has expressed that they’re bored or that they miss their friends, we’d like to recommend virtual summer camp at The Art Farm NYC as a way to help your child fulfill their social and educational needs.

Our virtual summer camp is open to children across the country and runs until August 21. Our virtual summer camp classes are available on a drop-in basis, but you can save 15% by registering for six or more classes.

We have classes appropriate for children between the ages of 2 and 10 and are featuring science experiments, music lessons, engaging art activities, cooking lessons, and more!

Our full schedule is as follows:

  • June 29–July 2: America the Beautiful Week (No Classes July 3)
  • July 6–10: Under the Big Top Week
  • July 13–July 17: Safari Adventure Week
  • July 20–July 24: To Infinity and Beyond Week
  • July 27–July 31: Storybook Land Week
  • August 3–August 7: Nature Unleashed Week
  • August 10–August 14: Under the Sea Week
  • August 17–August 21: Superhero week

Please get in touch with us if you would like to learn more about any of our weekly themes, or if you’re interested in enrolling your child!

We look forward to seeing your child for an adventurous and fun-filled summer!