Parenting Resources

Parenting Resources

The resources listed here are intended to help you navigate the complex and ever evolving landscape of being a parent supporting children during an extraordinarily difficult time.

Setting Up Your Home Learning Environment

As much as is possible, set up a consistent learning space for your child. Make sure school supplies, technology, charging station, etc. are close at hand. Try as best you can to have the area free from distractions. Having a consistent place that has just what they need will help your child get into a focused mindset. As you work to set up the environment, make sure you empower your child with some decisions that will help with buy in. Even if they can’t decide where in the house, maybe they can pick out some supplies, or decide where to put their pencils, etc.

Teaching Your Child to Be More Independent

One of the best tips to help your child feel positively about his/her learning is to set up a routine and be as consistent with the routine as possible. Set clear expectations for learning times, breaks, playing, etc. and review the expectations frequently so you all adhere to them.

Supporting Socially Isolated Children

Studies show that long term, having a secure attachment to your parents/caregivers is most important to having close relationships with others. Connecting with family of all ages is still social time, and while children have less time with their peers right now, children are resilient. They may not be talking, sharing, and playing with their peers as much, but they are learning how to entertain themselves, be alone, and will likely quickly adapt again, catching up on their sharing, connecting and other cooperative skills.

Supporting Your COVID Anxious Child

Many families and children are experiencing more anxiety now than ever before. In addition to feeling socially isolated, COVID has greatly impacted normal routines and the resulting fears of catching COVID and going about daily life are real for so many of us. Learning to manage anxiety is really about building up tolerance to it, not making it go away. The more we can help our children rely on themselves, instead of us, to help them feel better, the stronger they will feel.

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