Dr. Liz Ward, Caedmon’s School Psychologist, is available to provide support to families during these times of uncertainty. We will be posting helpful messages and resources here regularly. Of course if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Ward directly.
- The Child Mind Institute (many very helpful resources)
- Sign up for the Child Mind Daily Tips and Check Out What Has Already Been Shared (Child Mind Institute)
- Ways to Hold our Children through Collective Crisis and Grief
- A Therapist’s 5 Tips for Prioritizing Your Family’s Mental Health During the COVID-19 Quarantine
- National Association of School Psychology (for parents of elementary age children)
- Dr. Schrag Hershberg Blog (for parents of younger children)
- Zero to Three Resources (for parents of younger children)
How to Talk to Your Children About COVID-19
Every family’s needs and rhythms will be different but in general, some kind of predictable routine will help children to feel safe and calm and to know what to expect each day.
- Why Kids Need Routines (Aha! Parenting)
- Keep Your Schedules Fresh | Coronavirus Daily Tips (Child Mind Institute)
- Sample Schedules (Huffington Post)
- Family Schedule Templates (Make it Stick Parenting)
- Schedule Suggestion (Khan Academy)
Overall Well-Being and Self Care
It is important to prioritize self-care for yourself and your children. This includes getting adequate rest, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to be physically active, creating opportunities to connect, and finding time for unstructured play. Please remember that your children will do best if they see that you are feeling okay and thus, your own self-care should be a priority.
- Self-Care in the Time of Coronavirus (Child Mind)
- Mama, Take Care of Yourself During COVID-19 (Psychology Today)
- Get Consistent Sleep – Coronavirus Daily Tips (Child Mind Institute)
- Stay Active | Coronavirus Daily Tips (Child Mind Institute)
- How to Have Remote Playdates and Keep Kids Social During the COVID-19 Outbreak (Good Housekeeping)
- Coping with COVID-19: Ideas for Staying Connected in this Time of Social Distancing (Gretchen Rubin)
- Unstructured Play- Coronavirus Daily Tips (Child Mind Institute)
- Now’s a Good Time to Teach Your Kids to Play on Their Own (NY Times)
- How to Encourage Your Preschooler to Play Independently (PBS)
- Encouraging Independent Play (Montessori in Real Life)
This is a challenging time for everyone. Your children may be exhibiting a range of unexpected or even undesirable behaviors in response to the many changes and stressors that everyone is contending with. It can be helpful for parents to find moments to enjoy time with their children through play, shared reading, conversations or other ways of connecting. Beyond that, children will do best when their parents have consistent expectations around behavior and respond with positive attention for desired behaviors and when possible, actively ignore undesirable behaviors.
- The Surprising Secret to Raising a Well-Behaved Kid (Parents Magazine)
- Ways to Praise – the Positive Opposite (PCIT)
- Reduce Attention-Seeking Behaviors by Ignoring (Very Well Family)
- What’s So Special About Special Time? (AHA Parenting)
Since so many are stuck at home and using screens to connect with the outside world, you may need to rethink how to set healthy and appropriate limits around screen time.
- Managing Screen Time | Coronavirus Daily Tips (Child Mind Institute)
Coping with Feelings
Everyone may be contending with a range of feelings in response to the changes and challenges we are all contending with right now. You can support your children by actively listening to them, offering empathy, understanding and comfort for their different feelings and also helping them to actively cope with their different feelings.
- Dealing with Big Feelings (Hey Sigmund)
- An Age-By-Age Guide to Helping Kids Manage Emotions (The Gottman Institute)
- Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions (Video for Children from Kids Want to Know)
- Coping Skills Wheel – 9 Ways to Handle Big Emotions (Dowload PDF to print)
Feelings and Younger Children
(Please preview before sharing with your child)
- Common and Colbie Caillat – “Belly Breathe” with Elmo (Sesame Street)
- Dave Matthews and Grover Sing about Feelings (Sesame Street)
- Elmo and Chris Sing about Feelings (Sesame Street)
There are many children’s books about emotions. You can search online to find read-alouds of these stories to show to your child. A few that I recommend include:
- The Color Monster by Anna Llenas
- In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey
- The Feelings Book by Todd Parr