As the number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Canada continues to rise, federal and provincial public health officials are urging caution.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) recommends Canadians practise social distancing, defined as remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately six feet or two metres) from others when possible.

Meanwhile, both governments in Ontario and Quebec announced closures of all publicly funded schools.

That means millions of kids will be stuck at home — but with public settings like museums, science centres and community centres on the list of places to avoid, how else can parents fill the time?

There are a few things to consider, according to Jennifer Kolari, parenting expert and founder of Connected Parenting.

“There’s a lot of heightened anxiety with everybody right now, and it’s tough enough to parent these days,” Kolari told Global News.

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