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Childhood is a time of incredible brain development which means that stress can make them feel anxious and lonely. During this time of #COVID-19 these feelings of anxiety and loneliness are amplified.
In addition many schools have already reopened for the year. Some students will experience feelings of fear and uncertainty. Caregivers should model the positive behavior which you want to see in your child by taking care of yourself and your mental health. During this critical time, it is also important for parents to be armed with information and resources to help their children navigate some of the complex emotions that might arise with returning to school either in-person or virtually.
This video is a great resource for caregivers, educators, and communities as they support children adapting to this new reality. If you have any questions or want to see any other areas on this topic that you would like for us to address in our next video, let us know in the comments below!! Let us make our children a priority as we continue to address the unique challenges that have emerged during this pandemic! #ChildrenFirst #ChildrensMentalHealth #HealthEducation #HealthCommunication #CHAP @covidhap
Here are some great resources:
1. COVID-19 Parenting: https://www.covid19parenting.com/#/home
This is a website with a broad array of tip sheets and resources in over 70 languages. There is also a free mobile app.
2. Child Mind Institute: https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/
This is a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. They have an incredible wealth of parent information and resources.
3. UNICEF: Returning to school: https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/what-will-return-school-during-covid-19-pandemic-look
This article provides tips for parents on returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This link provides a School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians during COVID-19.
The video is also available in Spanish