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The coronavirus pandemic took the world by surprise in March 2020. It was a new journey for everyone. Parents had to wear many hats during this time- full-time parent, teacher, and employee. We had nationwide lockdowns, schools became virtual, and families were home together more than before. It was also a time when we noticed children were more anxious, stressed, depressed, and socially limited. With all the changes happening, it can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in children, teenagers, adults, and families. Stress is a normal and healthy response to perceived threats and challenges. It’s a response that gets us ready to act — to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. So, how do we identify and help those around us?
Recognizing the Signs
Children sometimes don’t understand what they feel or think. They struggle with change and have a hard time expressing themselves. So, they begin to express themselves in ways they know. Some behavioral changes that can be observed in your child are, but are not limited to:
How Can Parents Help
Spending more time with your children provides an opportunity to be active in their lives but is also a time when you notice some of these changes that weren’t there before. It is okay not to know where to start, which is why I’ve compiled some tools and tips that could be helpful for the family.