From the CDC:
"Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.
Watch for behavior changes in your child.
Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include:
- Excessive crying or irritation in younger children
- Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting)
- Excessive worry or sadness
- Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
- Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens
- Poor school performance or avoiding school
- Difficulty with attention and concentration
- Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
- Unexplained headaches or body pain
- Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs"
Below are some resources that can help families navigate this time together.
Love and Logic Parenting Online Class
is being offered for FREE for the month of April. You will learn parenting tips on how to end arguing and manipulation, neutralize defiance, replace anger and frustration with empathy, and much more!
The World Health Organization (WHO) has created six one-page tips to help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement. An example is shown below. Click here
to view the other tips for healthy parenting.