Trauma-informed Parenting in the Age of COVID-19
We are living through a period of uncertainty that is unprecedented in our lifetimes. Recommendations for physical distancing, worries about health and finances, and juggling work and childcare responsibilities can lead to considerable stress for parents. These and other burdens are experienced disproportionately by black and brown communities, frontline workers, the poor, and caregivers of children with disabilities.
Handling Regression During COVID-19
Many parents are noticing regression in their young children’s development during the current COVID-19 crisis. Regression in a child’s development adds significantly to parents’ already high levels of worry, but knowing the role regression has in development can alleviate anxiety and help parents understand their children’s behavior.
Wondering How Your Children Are Doing During COVID-19? Watch Them Play
As parents of young children are struggling to cope during an unprecedented frightening and difficult time, they might be worried about how their children are doing. Imaginative play allows young children to express thoughts and feelings they are unable to put into words.
Parents: How to Handle TMI
TMI is compounded by our constant exposure to information, making it harder to discern fact from fiction about the current crisis. Now more than ever, while so many aspects of parenting are challenging, let’s focus here on parental handling of TMI, including how to talk to your child.
Parenting a Child with Special Needs During Social Distancing
When I first began to understand that schools and daycares would most likely close, I was hit by a sense of sadness over losing the social support from these institutions, support provided both to my daughter, and to her father and me. Social/emotional development is one of my daughter’s key areas of support, so the idea of losing this felt doubly hard.
Get Some Sleep!
For many parents, sleep has been one of the first things to go in the COVID-19 crisis. Worry crowds our waking hours and disrupts our dreams. How is this all going to turn out? Am I going to be laid off? How can I work and home school my children at the same time? Are we all going to be OK?
Helping Kids Cope with Letdown During COVID-19
At first, school closures may be fun and exciting for most children. But soon, reality strikes and they realize that the COVID19 pandemic has caused many other fun things to be canceled. As your children come to realize that many of their favorite activities aren’t happening now – or for the foreseeable future – how can you help them cope with their disappointment?