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Parenting Resources


Supporting Families During COVID-19 | Child Mind Institute
Many practical resources for parents from leading research institute on child mental health dealing with wide range of topics. Selected sample follows.  All resources available in English and español.

Supporting Kids Through the COVID-19 Crisis
Tips for nurturing and protecting children at home.

Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis
Tips for parents with older children at home.

Self-Care in the Time of Coronavirus
For parents, prioritizing your own well-being benefits your whole family.

Anxiety and Coping With the Coronavirus
Managing worry — your kids’ and your own.

Single Parenting During the Coronavirus Crisis
Strategies for managing when you’re going it alone

Coronavirus Parenting: Managing Anger and Frustration
Parents everywhere are losing their temper and yelling at their kids. How to maintain your cool under stress

Helping Children Cope With Grief
Tips broken down into a range of ages and experiences, and information about what to say, who should say it, what to look out for and how to help.

Children’s Resources


First Aid for Feelings
Downloadable workbook to help kids cope during the coronavirus pandemic produced in collaboration with Yale Child Study Center and Scholastic.

Sesame Street COVID-19 Resources Initiative: Caring for Each Other
Videos, activities and tips for whole family—talks about feelings, teaches coping skills like belly breathing, storytime with Alan.

Zero to Three Tips for Families: Coronavirus
Resources for parents of very young children, including list of picture books for families gong through tough times and tips for making the most of video chats with loved ones.

Just for Kids:  A Comic Exploring the Coronavirus
Video produced by NPR.

Families coping with trauma, separation, death, grief


Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress COVID-19 Resources for Families

When a Loved One Dies from COVID-19

Managing Family Conflict While Home During COVID-19: Intimate Partners

Tips for Coping when Quarantined with COVID-19 Family Members

When Family Members are Hospitalized due to COVID-19

National Child Traumatic Stress Network 

Helping Children with Traumatic Separation or Traumatic Grief Related to COVID-19

Supporting Children During Coronavirus (COVID19)

National Association of School Psychologists COVID-19 Resource Center

Coping with the COVID-19 Crisis:  The Importance of Care for Caregivers:  Tips for Parents and Teachers  

Addressing grief in children and youth

Preventing Youth Suicide—Tips for Parents and Educators

Families coping with racism


Countering COVID-19 Stigma and Racism:  Tips for Parents and Caregivers
Prepared by the National Association for School Psychologists. (English, español )

Responding to Racism During the COVID-19 Outbreak (ADAA)
Discussion of racism in the context of COVID-19, impact on victims, and strategies for calling it out and confronting it. (From Anxiety and Depression Association of America)

Stories of resilience to uplift and inspire


Lessons of Empathy and Uplift from Covid-19
“Look for the helpers,” Mr. Rogers’ mother would tell him whenever his family learned about difficult news. Amid the serious challenges involved with the coronavirus pandemic, the world has many good people who want to help. Helpers might include first responders, volunteers, doctors or community members. All the NewsHour videos in this lesson feature different kinds of helpers, all with uplifting or empathic stories. Developed by PBS.

If the Trees Can Keep Dancing, So Can I: A Community Poem for Coping in Crisis
Audio-clip and text of crowdsourced poem about grief.  NPR’s poet-in-residence Kwame Alexander pointed to Nancy Cross Dunham’s poem, “What I’m Learning About Grief,” and asked that submissions begin with those same words.

Pandemic — a poem by Lynn Ungar, March 11, 2020.
Reframing social distancing as a time to reach out with words, love and heart.

Mother and Daughter Brief but Spectacular Moment:  Bonding with Family and Friends During the Pandemic
Medical student daughter and certified nurse practitioner mother reflect on bonding with their family and friends during the pandemic. (PBS Newshour)

A Humble Opinion on a Successful Post-pandemic World
Author Kelly Corrigan relies on a familiar mental exercise when the reality of the crisis feels like too much to handle. She shares her humble opinion on imagining a world after the pandemic — and how the experience might change us. (PBS Newshour)

The Story of Captain Tom
Story of Capt. Tom Moore, a British war veteran, who at age 99 walked the length of his garden 100 times to raise money for Britain’s National Health Service (NHS). He turned 100 on April 30, 2020, having raised more than 30 million pounds.