Dr. Ward’s Support Section

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.

General Information/Resources

How to Talk to Your Children About COVID-19

Routines

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.

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.

Discipline/Limits

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.

Screen Time

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. 

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. 

Feelings and Younger Children

(Please preview before sharing with your child)

Songs

Books

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