With schools closed and kids at home, many parents are facing added stress. Here are ways parents can destress:
As we remain in our homes for extended periods of time to help stop the spread of COVID-19, parenting can be especially challenging.
- Here are some positive parenting tips to help keep the calm at home.
- See also, Coronavirus Resources & Tips for Parents, Children & Others
- The American Academy of Pediatrics Advises Parents Experiencing Stress over COVID-19
- Tips for Coping with a New Baby During COVID-19
- Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Many parents are looking for advice on how to speak with children about COVID-19. Below are some helpful videos and activity sheets:
- PBS: Read this article from PBS Kids that provides helpful tips about talking to children about COVID-19.
- Sesame Street: Our friends at Sesame Street created a guide on how to discuss COVID-19 with young children.
- Importance of Washing Hands: Sesame Street created fun, printable coloring pages that teach children how to wash their hands step-by-step.
Looking for some fun and educational activities for your children while you stay indoors?
- Children’s Museum of Manhattan: You may not be able to visit the children’s museum, but why not bring it home to you? Visit the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s website for some ideas on how to fill your child’s day with engaging interactive activities. There’s something for every day of the week!
- Children’s Museum of the Arts: Check out these videos from the Children’s Museum of the Arts and learn how to make creative art projects out of household materials: tie-dye flowers, space stations, puppets. There’s something for everyone!
- Disney Workouts: Disney is offering free, family-friendly workout series that will have you breaking a sweat without even leaving your home.
- Lincoln Center Pop-up Classroom: a daily dose of creativity designed and led by some of the world’s best artists and educators. Each daily digital live class will utilize simple materials found at home to help families with children explore a variety of art forms.
- Scholastic: Scholastic created a fun-filled list of free at-home activities for children.
- Storyline Online: A digital library of dozens of children’s books read by celebrated actors, including Oprah Winfrey.
- Time for Kids magazine is providing access to its digital archive. Stories are suitable for Grades K-6 and grouped according to grade level. They are designed to teach children about the world around them and build news literacy.