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Wednesday, 07 October 2020 16:24

Parenting & Work, Life, Learning Balance During Covid-19



Every kid is unique and it’s important to find out what works best for your child.
— USA Today

Whether parents are working at home with kids, or managing their kids learning at home, the experience presents a unique set of challenges. 


Parenting Advice from Boston Children's Hospital


Parenting Advice from the World Health Organization 

A new online storybook, "My Hero is You" aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19.

"My Hero is You" - A New Book to Help Children Cope with Covid-19

With the help of the fantasy creature, Ario, “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” children learn how they can protect themselves, their families, and their friends from coronavirus, as well as how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.1

The book, aimed primarily at children aged 6 to 11 years old, is a project of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, a unique collaboration of United Nations agencies, national and international nongovernmental organizations and international agencies providing mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings.

During the early stages of the project, more than 1,700 children, parents, caregivers and teachers from around the world shared how they were coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. The input was invaluable to script writer and illustrator Helen Patuck and the project team in making sure that the story and its messages resonated with children from different backgrounds and continents.

“Previous humanitarian emergencies have shown us how vital it is to address the fears and anxiety of young people when life as they know it gets turned upside down. We hope that this beautifully-illustrated book, which takes children on a journey across time zones and continents, will help them to understand what they can do to stay positive and keep safe during the coronavirus outbreak.”
— Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, the World Health Organization (WHO)

Download the book here.


COVID-19 Parenting Keep Calm and Manage Stress

Download the 5 Step flyer to keep it on hand for those stressful parenting moments.

COVID-19 Parenting - Keep calm and manage stress



How Parents Can Help Children Learn at Home

USA Today's article features online learning methods to help parents prepare for a successful school year during coronavirus. Time management tips and ways to minimize distractions are featured as well.

Another USA Today article recommends ways to create a dedicated learning space for learning at home.


6 Tips to Engage and Motivate Your Child

Laura Markham Ph.D.2 describes six ways to engage and motivate children by setting up a learning environment and schedule. 


8 Ways to Help Your Child Handle Pandemic Disappointments

This pandemic is the most challenging experience that most school-aged children have been through, but it’s important to remember that they’re resilient.

— Pediatric Psychologist Emily Mudd, PhD

Help children develop coping skills during the pandemic, and learn to spot signs of depression and anxiety.3



9 Tips for Parents Balancing Work from Home and Homeschooling

A mom of 11 year old twins writes insights about her own approaches to becoming a more productive work/homeschooling parent.


A Parent’s Guide to Working From Home With Kids

Time management and boundary setting advice for parents is listed in this guide along with a list of free resources that include online classes, arts and crafts, and animated movies for students ages 6 to 17 years of age. 

Tips for Working from Home with Young Children

Parents of young children, who are not easily engaged with activities during work hours, will find comprehensive advice for creating flexible work schedules.


You Are Not Alone

Sue Costello, a clinical social worker at Boston Children’s hospital, says that it's normal for parents to feel overwhelmed during this challenging time. Costello suggests reaching out to other parents to get support and share frustrations and information. “It’s really important for parents to connect and realize they are not alone. Sometimes simply hearing that other people feel exactly the same way can be very helpful.”

Managing life during the pandemic is new to all of us. We hope these resources will help you achieve balance as you continue to take care of yourself and your family.



1. The World Health Organization (WHO), Children’s story book released to help children and young people cope with COVID-19News release, April 09, 2020 

2.Laura Markham Ph.D.,Psychology Today, Remote Learning: 6 Tips to Engage and Motivate Your Child, Psychology Today, September 08, 2020

3. Cleveland Clinic/Pediatrics, 8 Ways to Help Your Child Handle Pandemic Disappointments, June 02, 2020

Note: All information and third party links are provided for informational purposes only and do not represent recommendations, affiliations, endorsements, or medical advice. If you need medical advice, please contact your primary care physician. If you are experiencing a life threatening issue, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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