COVID-19: Resources For Parents

COVID-19: Resources For Parents

Parental Self-Care in the Time of COVID-19

The whole family benefits when parents prioritize their well-being. Here are five tips that can help:

  1. Make time for yourself
  2. Prioritize healthy choices
  3. Be realistic
  4. Set boundaries
  5. Reconnect with things you enjoy

SOURCE: Child Mind Institute

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Calm Together

The app "Calm" has handpicked some of their favorite meditations, sleep stories, movement exercises, journals, and music. All of these resources can be used to take care of our emotional health and wellness.


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Helping Families Cope with COVID-19

Depending on their age, children may respond differently to COVID-19. Preschoolers may have more physical responses & need reassurance. School-aged children can increase in irritability & aggressive behaviors, needing more engagement & gentle but firm limits. Adolescents may face issues with energy, sleep, & isolation. They may benefit from talking about their experiences & staying in touch with friends & loved ones. All children can benefit from patience & routine.

SOURCE: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

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Tips for Talking with Kids About COVID-19

  • Stay calm & reassuring
  • Make yourself available
  • Avoid excessive blaming
  • Maintain routine as much as possible
  • Be honest & accurate
  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19
  • Review healthy hygiene practices
  • Discuss new rules & practices at home
  • Keep explanations appropriate

SOURCE: National Association of School Psychologists

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Coping with Stress During COVID-19

Stress affects our body, emotions, and thoughts. Staying informed, keeping things in perspective, and maintaining healthy habits can lower stress. Behaviors that may lower stress can include relaxing the body, talking about feelings & experiences, and helping others in need.


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Strengthening the Relationship with My Child

Less screen time increases opportunities for the personal connection kids need. Let your child know how valuable they are to you and create a stronger relationship at home with the following steps:

  • Schedule time to listen (10 min/day)
  • Give attention to the person before addressing the problem
  • Listen for the true message

SOURCE: Wellness Together

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Family Mindfulness Schedule

Mindfulness is being focused on the present moment and improves emotional awareness while reducing stress. Incorporate mindfulness into a daily routine with the activities below:

  • Start the day with a body scan
  • Initiate a mindful check-in at mealtime
  • Play iSpy in the car
  • Practice square breathing
  • Try progressive muscle relaxation at bedtime

SOURCE: Therapist Aid LLC

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