News Category: Family Relationships

Managing Household Chore Conflict During Covid-19

Sept. 8, 2020

Some families and couples have been spending lots of time together lately. Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, provides some principles for couples to do to reduce conflict in the household regarding chores, including having explicit discussions about expectations and recognizing "unconscious overclaiming," where we may overestimate our contributions compared to others.

https://gretchenrubin.com/2020/04/13-suggestions-chores-covid-19

Parental Self-Care During a Pandemic

Sept. 3, 2020

Self-care when you’re caring for little ones can be hard. This article includes ways to incorporate self-care as many parents are juggling multiple roles and responsibilities in a household.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/13/health/self-care-tips-for-parents-coronavirus-wellness/index.html

Staying connected with your child(ren) during the summer of a pandemic

July 23, 2020

Covid-19 has left most of us parents feel emotionally taxed, mentally exhausted, and depleted of physical energy, all for obvious reasons.

These seven ideas offer options for connecting with your child every day, even in these most difficult moments of parenting.

The unexpected joys of parenting

July 14, 2020

The challenges associated with living day-to-day life as a parent during the pandemic are busy and stressful.  This blog post highlights something that can easily be overlooked during times of stress – the beauty of childhood play.

https://www.gottman.com/blog/the-unexpected-joys-of-parenting-in-place/

 

Best ways to support children and yourself during this difficult time

June 23, 2020

Many of us are having to take on multiple roles playing parent, employee, and teacher for children in our care. We are not meant to play all these roles at once even when things are “normal.”

It is especially difficult to parent 24/7 with no support system. We are unable to reach for family, friends, and childcare that sustained us prior to the pandemic. We are having to come to terms with being unable to ‘do it all’—it is physically impossible to be the best parent and best employee and all this while managing intense emotion from you and your child around a global pandemic.

Helping Children Cope with a Global Pandemic

June 4, 2020

A clinical psychologist from California has written a free book for children to help them cope with the current global pandemic and created both an illustrated book and a coloring book version. The book validates the distress children are experiencing during such an uncertain time and uses mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) strategies to help them manage discomfort.

The two versions of the book can be freely downloaded on their website: https://rightnowiamfine.wordpress.com/

Communicating with Children about the Pandemic

May 21, 2020

We know that many UT staff and faculty members have responsibilities as caregivers to children and teens. Adding to your growing to-do list, how to talk to kids about what’s going on, can feel daunting. Check out this article that shares tips about how caregivers can talk to children about the current pandemic: https://www.verywellfamily.com/talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus-4798953

Printable Care Package

May 14, 2020

If you are the caregiver for children, you may be facing questions of how to help support the little people in your family while staying safely at home. The Big Life Journal is offering a free packet of activities and lists for learning and movement while staying home. Available here:

https://biglifejournal.com/blogs/blog/stay-at-home-printable-pack-families