Social distancing has been difficult for so many of us and children are not immune to the stress of this large change. When faced with uncertainty, children often struggle to adapt the way we are able to in adulthood. As a result, their struggle can be even greater and more confusing for us as parents.
Most families are worried that this pandemic is going to create anxiety in their children. We recognize how perceptive they are and how quickly their world’s have changed. Solutions like limiting their exposure to the news or avoiding conversations about death tolls may reduce the likelihood that our children will become anxious or depressed.
It’s the beginning of August, and that means it’s back to school time! Whether your child is excited about school or has some anxiety around going back to school, we’re here to talk about how to help your child with separation anxiety as they get back into the routine of things.
We have spent June talking about parenting. Whether you are a single parent, co-parents with a partner you are no longer in a relationship with, or co-parenting in a joint relationship, there is always room to learn more. Parenting is something that is constantly fluid. It changes as time goes on, and you learn from things that work and things that don’t work.
We can spend a lot of time comparing ourselves to other parents, or even to our own parents. And that can be troublesome. Every family is unique, and what works for other parents might not be the best for you and your children. It is also important to know that you can be flexible on your parenting strategies. Meaning, they can change with trial and error, and with time.
We read a lot of articles on the American Psychological Association’s website, and we recently found a great article about 7 researched backed ways to improve parenting. Those 7 ways are:
- Embrace Praise
- Look the other way
- Learn about child development
- Do time-out right
- Prevent misbehavior
- Take care of yourself first
- Make time
Head on over to APA’s website, and this article written by Amy Novotney, to read about these 7 ways to improve parenting in more detail.