Positive Parenting during COVID-19

Most of us were completely unprepared for the schools to close, to work from home and “play teacher” at the same time. We are all learning it is MUCH harder than we could have imagined! Add to that the constant news feed and anxieties felt by parents and their children, it can become overwhelming.

Meghan Leahy, Parent Coach is back on the podcast for some tips and wisdom around parenting and “homeschooling” during this time of shelter in place with our families. You can find Meghan at https://mlparentcoach.com
Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times Best Sellers—The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline—each of which has been translated into dozens of languages, as well as The Yes Brain and The Power of Showing Up and the forthcoming Bottom Line for Baby. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice in Southern California. Dr. Bryson keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world, and she frequently consults with schools, businesses, and other organizations.  An LCSW, Tina is a graduate of Baylor University with a Ph.D. from USC. The most important part of her bio, she says, is that she’s a mom to her three boys. Tina joins us to explain how we can guide children through the COVID-19 pandemic.

With much gratitude, we are sharing resources recommended by Alison Bomba, PsyD and
Megan James, M. Ed.

For us and our little ones,
focus on things we can control:
Please also visit this site for a free download-able packet of helpful ways to teach emotional regulation to children (and ourselves)

How Mindfulness Can Help During COVID-19

ith schools closed and many parents working from home without childcare for the foreseeable future, it’s hard not to start spiraling. Responsibilities seem endless, the situation dire, and it seems like time to yourself has become a thing of the past…

Take a deep breath. Literally. Feel a little better?

These are trying times, but incorporating mindful practices into your daily routine can help calm anxiety and build healthy coping skills. Here are some tips from our clinicians on making mindfulness work for you and your family.

Working and Learning from Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak

To help contain COVID-19, many schools are moving children to online learning at home. In addition, many parents are being asked to work from home. These forms of social distancing are needed to help slow the spread of the virus and prevent overloading the health care system.

But many families now face new challenges: how do we care for our children while working and schooling at home, and not panic during this unprecedented outbreak? The first step: take a deep breath. Know that we are all in this together. And together we will get through it. 

This article from Kimberly Allen, Ph.D., BCC, CFLE of NC State University reminds us that to engage in positive parenting, we must be in tune with and regulate our own emotions as well as connect with our kids. This is a time of heightened stress and anxiety for parents and children. How do we cope? Read “Combating Stress and Anxiety in Family Life During COVID-19” here.

Community Programs

Docs in the Park Reach out and Read Girls on the Run United Way of Frederick Maryland Interagency Early Childhood Committee Mental Health Association LiveWell Frederick Family Resource, Information & Education Network for Down Syndrome