Parenting during the time of COVID-19

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COVID-19 has been life-changing for individuals, families, and children around the world. That impact is especially true in communities of color.

During difficult or uncertain times, such as our current reality, children will look to adults to reassure them. Vonetta McGinnis, owner and founder of Victory Counseling Services in Benton Harbor, shares a few tips to help make parenting during the time of COVID-19 a little easier.

For young children:

  • Realize behavioral problems could be due to frustration caused by COVID-19.
  • Extend extra grace and patience throughout the day.
  • Give lots of praise for good behavior, such as completing a chore or getting along with siblings.
  • Make a behavior chart to give positive attention to a good choice made by your child.
  • Validate and listen to your child’s disappointments about the way life has changed or activities they can no longer do.

For yourself:

  • Prioritize one or two things you can do in the morning to start your day off right.
  • Stay in touch with other adults through phone calls or video chats.
  • Give yourself grace when the day doesn’t go the way you had planned.
  • Set boundaries with the news. Put limits on how much information you’re taking in.
  • Reconnect to something you enjoy such as music or art.

Learn more about community resources at lakelandpopulationhealth.org. To connect with a crisis counselor, you can call the national crisis hotline at 800.273.8255 or text HOME to 741741.

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