June 03, 2020
Read these useful tips for parents and children during this time. Tips on how to manage anxiety, social distancing and social connection, talking to your children, resources for students, and information about mindfulness.
Tips for Parents
- How to prepare for extended school closings—and not lose your mind — This article examines how you and your child can prepare for a significant time away from school and provides suggestions for making this time meaningful.
- Parenting self-care is just as important as parenting — Parents need time and space to deal with feelings of anxiety, anger, frustration or sadness — all of which are normal in the face of so much togetherness. During this time, parents must hold it all together indefinitely and that’s not easy.
- Parenting Kids With Anxiety — Some general information about anxiety and parenting methods that contribute to the exacerbation of anxiety.
- 25 Fun Activities to do While at Home — Engaging and positive activities for the whole family to make this time memorable.
- The Dos and Don'ts of Parenting Your Child Through COVID-19 — This article from Psychology Today addresses how to emotionally support your anxious child through this health scare.
- Anxiety is Also Contagious. Here’s How to Calm Down — This article reminds parents that we are role models for our children in the way we handle stressful situations.
- Managing Anxiety and Stress — The Center for Disease Control shares advice on how to manage your stress and anxiety during an infectious disease outbreak. This article is directed towards parents, responders and individuals released from quarantine.
- Psychology Tools’ Free Guide: Our world is changing rapidly at the moment and this guide will help people manage worry and anxiety in these uncertain times.
Social Distancing and Social Connection
- Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe — This article from the American Psychological Association discusses how keeping your distance will help to keep you safe. Insights are offered by psychologists about how to separate yourself from others while still receiving the social support you need.
- This Paediatrician Recommends No Coronavirus Break Playdates — This article by Steve Silvestro, MD explains why playdates are not recommended and offers suggestions for what you can do instead at this time of social distancing.
- Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to flatten the curve’ — This article by Harry Stevens offers a good explanation of how social distancing will impact the spread of COVID-19. It includes moving pictures and diagrams that will help adults and children visualize why social distancing is important.
Talking about COVID-19
- Need advice on how to talk to your children about COVID-19? — This article encourages parents to use developmentally appropriate language, be open and honest about the situation and how you are keeping everyone safe as a family.
- Scholastic Canada — Scholastic is offering resources for guiding your home learning journey, including materials that address what is being done to keep kids safe during this time of COVID-19.
- Talking to Teens and Tweens About Corona Virus — This New York Times article offers expert advice on how parents can help adolescents get the facts straight and be prepared.
- How to Talk to Teens About the New Corona Virus— Advice from Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Health Blog.
- Talking to your Anxious Child about COVID-19: Children’s Mental Health Ontario guides parents on how to talk to your anxious child about COVID-19.
- Helping Children Cope: An infographic from WHO called “Helping Children Cope with Coronavirus Stress”
- A Short Comic to Explain the Coronavirus
Resources for Students
- Brains On aims to educate children about COVID-19. We encourage parents to listen to the podcast with their children or to read the transcript of the podcast (provided on the website) to make sure the content is appropriate for their child’s developmental age. This is a great resource because it is aimed at children, so the language and conversations are easy to follow and understand.
- Colouring/story book aimed at children ages 7 and under: This book will help parents talk about some of the challenging topics surrounding COVID-19. It provides guidance on encouraging children to express their concerns and worry. Parents can print the book so children can colour on the pages.
- Animation for younger children: This is an animation for younger children about the Coronavirus, ending with how we are all superheroes for staying home.
- Covibook - a children’s animated book that explains facts about the coronavirus in simple and accurate language. The book has been translated into multiple languages. COVIBOOK (English) / COVIBOOK (French)
- Jasper and Tabitha Play a Trick on the Coronas — Dr. Taylor Purvis wrote this story to help young children and their families all over the world learn more about Mr. Corona.
- Goodnight Zoom — A comic for adults.
- All Will Be Good —A n optimistic story for young children that shares how everyone is doing their part to help make sure that all will be good and we can return to life as we knew it.
- Cartoon Series - Episode 1 — A locally developed cartoon series for children between the ages of 3-7 years old. The series aims to address and explain current questions and observations surrounding COVID-19 with short videos and age-appropriate language. At the time of posting, the first episode had just been released.
- Wally Walloo — A new children’s book that explains to children what they need to do to keep themselves and their family safe during COVID 19.
- Stuck Inside — An e-book for children aged 4-8 that explains the reasons for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic and ends with the optimistic words that it won’t be long ‘till this is gone and we can reunite.
Mindfulness and Perspective
- Take a Break, Keep Perspective, Be Kind in Uncertain Times — This article from Mindful Schools helps bring perspective for you and your children. In addition, there is a video embedded in the article that offers some ideas about practising mindful strategies and modelling them for your children.
- How Mindfulness Can Help You Navigate the Coronavirus Panic — Your mindfulness practice can help you mitigate not only the fear and uncertainty of COVID-19, but can also help you stop touching your face.
- Managing Emotions Effectively in Uncertain Times — This article written by Marc Brackett, Ph.D. discusses emotional regulation and how it can help with situations you might face with coronavirus.
- Healthy Minds App — This is a free app which aims to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind. It translates decades of research by Dr. Richard Davidson and his team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds, into practical tools that help guide you through daily training on awareness, connection and more.
- Being Your Best Self in Times of Crisis — In a special virtual conversation on TED Connects, Harvard Medical School Psychologist Susan David shares wisdom on how to build resilience, courage and joy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Finding Family Balance during the Pandemic — This article by Dr. Mark Bertin in ‘Mindful Schools’, explains that there is no perfect answer to what is best for our kids. Parents need to cut themselves some slack and find a balance.
- Managing Increased Clingy Behaviour — This article in the Huffington Post explored evidence of increased clinginess in children of all ages and how to respond effectively.