News Category: Parenting

Helping Children With Distance Learning

Sept. 29, 2020

Back to school looks dramatically different than it did a year ago, and some parents may be wondering how to set their students up for success. This article highlights three skills: focus, motivation, and flexibility, and ways to foster each that will be useful no matter where or what the learning format is.

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/three_ways_to_help_your_kids_succeed_at_distance_learning

UT System Colleges of Education Resources for Parents

Sept. 15, 2020

The University of Texas System Colleges of Education has aggregated a number of websites for K-12 students and teachers to help with school at home. They include social and emotional resources, like Harmony at Home, to reading, writing, art, science, technology and fine arts.

https://elevatetxed.utsystem.edu/educator-preparation-resources/

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

Supporting Children During the Pandemic

Aug. 25, 2020

Children are experiencing stress about the pandemic, too, but their stress may show up differently or look like behaviors from when the child was younger. This article provides context for how the pandemic raises children’s stress levels and approaches that their caregivers can take to manage the stress.

Letting Children Process Through Play

Aug. 18, 2020

Children work through grief and loss in their own way, often times through play. This article talks about using the P.A.C.E. approach — playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy— to help adults connect and interact with young children. It also includes ways to foster imaginative exploration and things to watch out for with play.

https://www.edutopia.org/article/how-children-process-grief-and-loss-through-play

Strategies for Managing the Stress Around School Re-Openings

Aug. 13, 2020

Parents with school-age children are dealing with the uncertainty around school re-openings for the upcoming academic year. Author Gretchen Rubin shares strategies that she is also trying to practice as the beginning of the school year approaches.

https://gretchenrubin.com/2020/07/uncertainty-schools-re-open-covid19

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.