- What parents do can contribute to children’s anxiety
- How to tell if kids or parents are not coping well in this crisis
- Get help to stay out of isolation
- Check-in with your kids
- Lower your expectations for yourself
- A simple way to “loosely” schedule children’s days
- Push back at work:
- This is not business as usual
By Ann Dypiangco, LCSW
- Understand that when your kids act out, won’t listen, and fight with everyone, it’s because they’re stressed.
- Parental self-care is critical. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
- Playing with your kids is the most important thing you can do for their mental health right now.
Children love this because they have the upper hand, tricking the adult gardener. Try it!
By Kimberley Davis, HFP Teaching Assistant
Moving statues is a gross motor game I came up with on the spot, when I noticed a large group of older (4-5 year old) children exploring stop/start movements and control. It’s simple. One person is “the gardener” and the others are “moving statues.” The objective is for the statues to practice control by only moving when the gardener isn’t looking, but as soon as the gardener turns around they become statues again! Eventually the gardener realizes these aren’t “real” statues and we all go back to the beginning to play again! Stop/start movements help children with whole body control and spatial recognition, so this is a game that is great anytime anyone needs to get the wiggles out. Enjoy!
Poem and photo by HFP alumni parent, Shayne Berry
It will come in waves.
Your desire to look away.
Your desire to make a difference.
Your leaden grief. Your wild hope.
Your untethered, uncharted beingness is not supposed to make sense right now.
We’ve never been here before.