Our words can hurt or our words can help. When kids worry, give them language to change their situations and outlooks, and to help keep worries at bay. Here's a list of words that can help children get past their worries.
Rae Pica discusses why children need to move and play, and the positive effects they have on learning and behavior.
48 engaging picture books that are always a hit at storytime!
To support you and your family’s mental health during COVID-19, clinical psychologists from Peel Children’s Centre are offering free webinars for parents/caregivers on a variety of topics, such as: making and maintaining routines during school closure; coping with COVID-19 anxiety; understanding and supporting stress in kids; caregiver self-care and more!
These are challenging times, for children, for parents, for teachers. For all of us. Roots of Empathy has developed a series of mental health and well-being videos designed for parents of elementary school children. The videos are available in 18 languages, including six Indigenous languages.
The World Health Organization has partnered with over 50 humanitarian organizations to release a children’s storybook to help them understand and cope with all the changes and fears they’re enduring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The free book, available in downloadable and audio forms, is called My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!
COVID-19 has impacted our world and families in so many ways, and most have experienced a significant increase in stress. When parents and caregivers take time daily to recharge, they feel better and can pass along a sense of calm and wellbeing to the children. In light of recent events, here are some self-care practices and questions for parents and caregivers that might help them find balance between stress and coping.
Looking for helpful tips for parents in different languages? Parenting for Lifelong Health has worked with leading organizations like WHO, Unicef and Centers for Disease Control to develop free online parenting resources during COVID-19.
Multilingual Story Video for Young Children: Something Strange Happened in My City – A COVID-19 Social Story
This video storybook helps children ages 3-8 understand the coronavirus pandemic. This can be a scary time for children and they may not understand why they need to stay indoors, or what is going on in the world. One of the best ways we can help young children cope is by sharing age-appropriate information, reassuring their safety,and learning about the many people working to fight the virus. And the videos are available in 13 languages!
In the coming weeks, many families will find the stresses of full time parenting and staying inside with children to be a significant challenge. Triple P- Positive Parenting Program has developed two resources to help. 10 Tips for Parenting in Uncertain Times is now available in Arabic, Dutch, English, German and Spanish. Parenting During COVID-19 is also available in English and French.