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MOV Parent: Talk to your kids about coronavirus

Two weeks ago your children were in school and going about their daily routines, and the next thing they knew, was that there would be no school for three weeks or more.

As a parent how do you explain that to a little one? Some were very excited because they would not have to get up early, plus there would not be a lot of homework and able to have mom’s delicious lunch at home. The problem is for the mothers that are working and who will be watching the children and making sure they are safe and preparing their meals and so on. A few weeks ago most everyone was on a scheduled working routine with their child being dropped off at school in the mornings and picked up at the end of the school day.

This new schedule we all seem to be on also takes away after school activities and many events that usually take place.

Get ready to start hearing your children of all ages start saying, “Mom, I’m bored” and have nothing to do. Therefore, it is up to each family and parent to re organize the new schedule and also to start answering many questions like, “What is the Coronavirus? How come I can’t go visit grandma and grandpa? Why is there no church or Sunday school, or a scheduled party?

Just be honest and up front with your children for they look up to you and trust what you tell them.

Do take all the precautions that are listed and advised by the medical society to follow by washing their hands frequently, keeping themselves clean in general and not going around crowed places.

Teachers are working on ways to continue their schooling and homework while they are confined at home by several different methods so they will not get too far behind, since we do not know how long this confinement will last.

Organize family projects and activities to help make the time staying at home enjoyable.

One great daily event is to get your child involved and helping you cook and prepare the meals everyday .(Below are some recipes that are made especially for kids)

Lets the kids go outside to play, ride their bikes in the neighborhood and going for walks with their family or friends.

The main thing is to react positive and not to panic or respond negatively. This a good time for them to come up with activities and programs that before there was no time — time to practice their music instrument, read books, clean their rooms or other entertaining ideas.

Pray for your family, friends relatives and the entire world that there soon will be a cure and end to this universal virus,

Till next month “be safe!”

UPDATES:

Spring Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt at PHS on March 31st and also the Easter Parade on April 4th all have been canceled due to the Coronavirus.

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Hawaiian Breakfast Pizza

2 teaspoons barbecue sauce or pineapple jam

1 English muffin, split in half and toasted

1 slice smoked ham, diced

1/2 cup pineapple chunks

2 tablespoons shredded Cheddar cheese

Spread barbecue sauce over each muffin half; place on foil-lined toaster oven tray. Sprinkle ham and pineapple chunks over muffin halves; top with cheese. Toast about 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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Colorful Kabobs

30 cocktail-size smoked sausages

10-20 cherry or grape tomatoes

10-20 large pimiento-stuffed green olives

2 yellow bell peppers, cut into 1-inch squares

1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

lemon juice

Preheat oven to 450. Thread 3 sausages, tomatoes, olives and bell peppers onto 10 wooden skewers. Place skewers on rack in shallow baking pan. Brush with melted butter and drizzle with lemon juice, if desired. Bake 4-6 minutes until hot.

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Breakfast Banana Split

1 banana

3 strawberries, cut into slices

1/4 cup fresh blueberries

1 6-ounce container reduced-fat strawberry yogurt

1 tablespoon low-fat granola

1 maraschino cherry

Peel the banana. Place the banana on a cutting board; using a table knife, carefully cut the banana in half lengthwise. Place the halves in a serving dish, separating the halves. Place half the strawberry slices and half the blueberries on the banana slices. Spoon the yogurt over the berries. Add the rest of the strawberries and blueberries; sprinkle granola over the top. Garnish with the cherry.

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Kiki Angelos is a food columnist for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

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