Weekly Parenting Resources


June 8, 2020

This week’s focus is on Parent Resources on Race and Discrimination.

Parent ToolKit - How to talk to kids about race and racism
 

National Geographic In the News - Talking About Race

NAEYC - Preparing Young Children for Inclusion

NASP - Resources and Podcasts on Diversity and Social Justice

SAMSHA - Understanding Childhood Trauma

NCTSN - Community Violence and Reactions in Dangerous Times

NCTSN - Helping Youth after Community Trauma

June 1, 2020

This week’s focus is on 24/7 parenting help in 90 languages from Parenting for Lifelong Health which provides open-access online parenting resources during COVID-19. They are working with the World Health OrganizationUNICEF, the the Internet of Good ThingsUSAID and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  They provide 12 tip sheets for parents on topics like children with disabilities, when we get angry, when children misbehave, how to talk to your children about COVID-10 and many more all in 90 languages.

From the Child Mind Institute, the events in the news may find parents struggling on how to talk with their children about racism and violence in the newsJoin the recorded Facebook Live discussion from Drs. Hameed and Howard on talking to kids about the racism, violence and unrest following the death of George Floyd.

May 25, 2020

This week’s focus for parenting help is Common Sense MediaMedia and technology are at the center of kids' lives every day. From a very young age, kids use technology at home and at school to connect with friends and family and to document their lives and create digital content of their own. With more and more of life happening online, what catches kids' attention isn't always what's best for them, and what companies do with their personal information isn't always clear.  Since 2003, Common Sense has been the leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools. Every day, millions of parents and educators trust Common Sense reviews and advice to help them navigate the digital world with their kids.  Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Navigate social distancing and school closures with quality media and at-home learning opportunities for your kids. En español

May 18, 2020

This week’s focus for parenting help is The Child Mind Institute an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. The Child Mind Institute has specific Covid-19 resources (daily tips, autism, behavioral issues, anxiety, etc.) which support child and families.

May 11, 2020

This week I would like to highlight Understood.orgUnderstood.org is a resource to families which provides proven and vetted information concerning children, young adults and adults who learn differently or who have disabilities.  Understood.org has a special section which is focusing on how the coronavirus pandemic impacts everyone especially with learning differences or disabilities. They have created a COVID-19 resource to help people who learn and think differently thrive at home, at school, and at work.  They also have all of their coronavirus resources in Spanish. 

Please click on School Learning, Coronavirus Latest Updates  to follow the COVID-19 resources for parents and families from Understood.org.

May 4, 2020

Fear, uncertainty, and being holed up at home to slow the spread of COVID-19 can make it tough for families to keep a sense of calm. But it's important to help children feel safe, keep healthy routines, manage their behavior and build resilience.

Please follow the link for some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help your family through the outbreak to address children’s fears; how to keep healthy routines, and ways you can help your children manage their emotions and behavior:

 Healthy Children - Family Dynamics - Communication and Positive Parenting during COVID 19

April 24, 2020

This week, I would like to share information about a new COVID 19 APP and website from the Virginia Department of Social Services.  The new COVID-19 Virginia Resources website and app enables users to search for local resources (food, health, childcare, etc.) and to access the online system to apply for food assistance, health care, childcare and other benefits.  Confidential support is also available to assist with crises relating to family violence, sexual assault, and child and adult abuse.