Helping Kids and Parents Cope with COVID-19 Anxiety: A Conversation with Dr. Eli Lebowitz
What can parents and educators do during the pandemic to help kids cope with uncertainty and continue to learn and thrive? Suzanne McCabe, editor of Scholastic Kids Press and host of the Scholastic Reads podcast, recently spoke with Dr. Eli Lebowitz, an associate professor at the Yale Child Study Center and director of the center’s Program for Anxiety Disorders.
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.
Helping Kids and Parents Cope With Covid-19 Anxiety
What can parents and educators do to help kids cope with uncertainty and continue to learn and thrive? In this episode, host Suzanne McCabe talks with Dr. Eli Lebowitz, an associate professor at the Yale Child Study Center and director of their Program for Anxiety Disorders.
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.
How the pandemic will impact your child’s long-term emotional health
The coronavirus pandemic has thrust families into an extraordinary era that will be life-changing for all of us, with both short and long-term effects on children's well-being. The disruptions kids are experiencing right now are real: seeing their parents under stress, being isolated from peers and friends and family, being separated from the structure and routine of their school days, seeing people in masks and overhearing unsettling news. Parents are understandably wondering, "Should we be worried about what this is doing to our children's mental health?"
The ultimate parents’ guide to education and activity resources
We already know the bad news: Bored kids, harried parents, days when time slows to a standstill. Here’s the good news: Museums, libraries, arts organizations, private companies, celebrities and many others are stepping up and creating online content for kids or offering free access to existing resources.
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.
Yale Child Study Center offers free workbook for kids during pandemic
The Yale Child Study Center has released a free way to help children share and work through their feelings about COVID-19. First Aid for Feelings is a 14-page workbook designed for children aged 4 to 10 to experience with a parent or adult.
Just Read: Finding Solace and Strength in a Pandemic
If you’re at your wit’s end struggling to balance working at home and schooling at home, may I suggest a strategy to help? Just read! In this strange new world, read to soothe your soul and to comfort, nourish, and expand the worlds of your cooped-up children. While you shelter in place, if you read voluminously, you will help your children develop a reading habit that will sustain them for a lifetime of productive learning.
How to Help Kids Deal with Disappointment (According to Experts)
Families are facing unprecedented times, as we are all staying home to stay safe. These big changes can cause a great deal of disappointment for kids who are faced with the cancellation of sports, classes, playdates, birthdays and so much more. Coping with being disappointed can be a challenge for young folks (or anyone, really), so we’ve enlisted a few experts to offer tips to help kids deal with disappointment. Keep reading to see what they had to say.
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?
Yale and Scholastic Have Released a Free Workbook to Help Children Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Just like adults, children around the world are trying to process their emotions and manage anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic, which has drastically altered their lifestyles within a few short weeks. To help them understand and cope with those changes—and to help their parents explain the situation to them—child development expert Denise Daniels, RN, MS, partnered with Yale and Scholastic on a 16-page downloadable workbook called First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic.