In our current reality of pandemic parenting, a variety of feelings surface. We are sad, anxious, angry, worried, lonely- and relieved if we’re fortunate to have good health and able to continue working. Many of us feel all these feelings during the course of one day! Our children are, too. Emotions can feel like a wild roller coaster ride, but validating your child’s feelings and having open, honest communication during this time supports them. Trying our best to live in the moment and taking things one day at a time will help (easier said than done!).
“Living life in a more mindful way is always a good idea,” said psychotherapist Noel McDermott. “It’s often said that projecting into the future creates anxiety in the here and now, so rather than dealing with the issues of when all the time, try looking at yours and your children’s anxiety and stress management techniques” (How to Answer your Kid’s Coronavirus Question, When Will This Be Over?” by Caroline Bologna, Huffpost)
Managing intense emotions and stress are skills your child will need for their lifetime. Here are a few great resources to help your family navigate during this stressful time of ups and downs.
Picture Books Featuring Emotional Intelligence (e-books from WCCLS)
Kira Willey’s Music, Movement, and Mindfulness for Kids
How to Strengthen Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence by Meghan Owenz (Parent.co/Gottman Institute)
First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic (downloadable from Scholastic)