Teaching good habits now starts with Doctors teaching parents and kids about masks so we don’t teach kids to form bad habits when they’re around their friends.
By Michael Tetreault and Arden O’Connor
Today our special guest is our good friend, Arden O’Connor of O’Connor Professional Group.
Arden is CEO and Founder of the O’Connor Professional Group. Arden founded the O’Connor Professional Group to address the needs of families and individuals struggling with an array of behavioral health issues, including addiction, mental health disorders, eating disorders, learning, and other developmental challenges.
In Part 2 of 3 in our series with Arden we’re sitting down and discussing the important role Physicians, Mental Health Professionals and Parents have during the COVID-19 Pandemic. With stats on alcohol consumption, domestic violence, child abuse and the like on the rise in our communities across the country, Parents are left with a lot of questions and seemingly very little resources.
We sit down with Arden and talk about what resources Doctors, Mental Health Professionals and others are using to help Parents adjust during this Pandemic. With the school year in question, limited family travels, parents are trying new routines and Doctors can help lead the way by starting important conversations with both Parents and Kids.
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As schools move in various parts of our world towards in-person, classroom teaching … the question isn’t “If they are going to be asked [or in some places, required] to wear a mask … but when.”
We should teach them now before they learn from their friends some bad habits.
Kids, especially teenagers have not provided great examples of social distancing. As parents we can lovingly encourage them to do the right thing … but oftentimes, peers set the example despite our best efforts. We all know that teens and middle school age kids can develop bad habits very quick. So teaching them where to touch a mask, pull it down or up if it happens to slip is important.
Doctors can start these conversations. Many already have. Doctors can talk and teach parents the right way to do mask hygiene, mask up and those little things parents can in turn teach their kids.
You might also want to be unaware of the fact that for younger kids, elementary age and younger, they’re scared of masks. It’s called “Maskophobia“. Yes, it’s a real thing. This is a normal fear for children according to Roberto Olivardia, from Harvard Medical School. “Children don’t always understand that a person is beneath the mask, so help introduce masks slowly in a comfortable setting.”
Learn, lean-in and listen to Arden as she discusses what Doctors and Parents can do …
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