Now more than ever, New York City is a tough place to be a parent. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the lives of New Yorkers, especially parents, who must adapt to COVID related lifestyle changes while caring for children and family members inside the home. As public schools remain closed in New York City, many caregivers are left without childcare resources and must support the educational needs of their children in the home environment. The challenge of doing so is even greater for those who must manage their own work related responsibilities remotely. As New Yorkers and as parents, we feel your pain and want to share helpful resources available to families during this challenging time.
KEEPING CHILDREN INFORMED
While adults can understand and process the stress that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, children may have a more difficult time coping with significant changes in their daily routines and environment. Talking to children about COVID is just as important as staying informed yourself. Remember, conversations with little ones will be very different from conversations with adolescents and young adults. Here are some age appropriate resources for talking to children and youth about COVID-19:
Centers for Disease Control: Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
National Association of School Psychologists: Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19
Child Mind: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Unexpected mood shifts and tantrums may come up, but it’s important to recognize that children and youth may need extra support in this challenging time. The more children and youth are able to understand the COVID situation, the more they will be able to understand and regulate their emotions and responses in this challenging time.