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As part of our Fly with Tiny Owl series, we’ve gathered a range of read along and how-to videos from our fabulous authors and illustrators so that you can keep those little ones entertained. With school, library, and bookshop closures, and the inevitable challenges facing the whole community over the next few months, we want to make it as easy as possible for families stuck at home.

We were lucky enough to chat to Dr Sara O’Byrne, Senior Clinical Psychologist from the Treehouse Practice in Dublin, about coping at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can watch her interview with Publishing Assistant, Sorca Davis below.

Here are some of Sara’s top tips:

  • Provide a simple narrative to explain the Coronavirus
  • Books can provide comfort through routine, but can also be a lovely escape
  • Introduce calming activities at regular intervals throughout the day
  • Take care of yourself too!
  • Structure can help to contain children’s ‘big’ feelings
  • Make the most of small spaces, such as building reading dens and assault courses in your living areas
  • If you can, it might be useful to separate work spaces from fun spaces
  • Helping around the house can be fun – for example, even hoovering can be enjoyable (for some!)

Remember that every family is different. Ultimately it’s about figuring out what works best for you and your children.

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