Supporting Families During COVID-19

We know parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries — both your children’s and your own — under control. You don’t have to do it alone.

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The Child Mind Institute is open and available for you and your child during this crisis. Click here to learn about our telehealth evaluations and treatment for ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders and learning disorders. Click here to read our COVID-19 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Tipsheet.

Our supportive resources include:

Today’s Daily Tips

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Coping With the Coronavirus Crisis: Supporting Your Kids

Helping Kids Face the Challenges of Reopening
This summer will be scary for some kids, frustrating for others. How to help them deal.

Will My Child Bounce Back From the Coronavirus Crisis?
Trauma, resilience and how parents can help.

How to Help Siblings Get Along
Navigating challenges as we head into summer.

Teenagers and Reopening
Tips for helping kids stay safe during a confusing time.

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Kids worry more when they’re kept in the dark. Here’s what to say.

Supporting Kids Through the COVID-19 Crisis
Tips for nurturing and protecting children at home.

Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis
Tips for parents with older children at home.

How to Help Your Kids Handle Disappointment
Tools for coping during the coronavirus crisis.

How to Ask What Kids Are Feeling
Ways to get insight into how your kids are handling stressful times.

How Mindfulness Can Help During COVID-19
Tips for calming anxiety during a difficult time.

Coping With the Coronavirus Crisis: Addressing Specific Concerns

How to Help Kids Sleep
There are several ways to say goodbye to bad nights.

Summer Activities for Kids With Learning Disorders
How to keep kids active and engaged.

Summer and ADHD: A Survival Guide
School’s out, but children still need support and structure to thrive during the coronavirus crisis.

Anxiety and Coping With the Coronavirus
Managing worry — your kids’ and your own.

Giving Kids With ADHD Support and Structure During the Coronavirus Crisis
Managing attention (yours and theirs) will help kids thrive.

Signs of Depression During the Coronavirus Crisis
Kids who seem to be stuck in a negative mood may need help to bounce back.

Screen Time During the Coronavirus Crisis
What limits are appropriate when kids are stuck at home?

Coping With Social Anxiety During Social Distancing
Helping reluctant kids stay connected.

Teaching Social Skills at Home
How kids can learn and grow during social distancing.

Coping With the Coronavirus Crisis: Taking Care of Yourself

Parenting Disagreements During COVID
Strategies to reduce conflict about staying safe.

Managing Anxiety During Reopening
With so many difficult decisions to make, some strategies to help you stay calm.

Self-Care in the Time of Coronavirus
For parents, prioritizing your own well-being benefits your whole family.

Single Parenting During the Coronavirus Crisis
Strategies for managing when you’re going it alone.

Coronavirus Parenting: Managing Anger and Frustration
Parents everywhere are losing their temper and yelling at their kids. How to maintain your cool under stress.

Telehealth

Telehealth for Kids
Everything parents need to know about remote mental health treatment.

How to Find a Telehealth Provider for Your Child
Tips for parents seeking remote mental health treatment.

Autism and the Coronavirus

Resources for Families of Children on the Spectrum
From how to talk to kids with autism about the coronavirus to how to teach handwashing and develop schedules.

Remote Learning

Strategies for Supporting Learning at Home
We know how difficult this situation can be for children of any age. We offer these guidelines and strategies from our experts to help families support their children’s education at this time.

Family Resources for Remote Learning
Clinicians from our Learning and Development Center have organized resources for parents who are suddenly responsible for the home school environment.

Managing Anxiety

Anxious Stomach Aches and Headaches
Anxiety in children sometimes manifest physically. Here’s what to watch for.

How to Help Children Manage Fears
Tips for teaching children how to build resilience and learn to calm themselves down, even when things feel scary.

Tips for Calming Anxious Kids
Go-to techniques for coaxing anxiety-prone children out of their fears from a Mom who’s been there.

How to Avoid Passing Anxiety on to Your Kids
Help yourself, and them, by learning techniques to manage stress in a healthy way.

How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior
Kids who are acting out, melting down, or being defiant may actually be seriously anxious.

What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious
How to respect their feelings without empowering their fears.

Panic Attacks and How to Treat Them
Knowing what to look for and how to help children calm down is key.

The Power of Mindfulness
How a meditation practice can help kids (and parents) feel less anxious and more relaxed.

Discipline and Behavior

Why Do Kids Have Problems With Transitions?
A look at why being asked to switch gears is a common trigger for whining and tantrums.

How Can We Help Kids With Transitions?
With the right support, children can learn to change gears without whining and tantrums.

Three Common Parenting Traps
And tips for avoiding them.

Why do Kids Have Tantrums and Meltdowns?
Understanding why they happen can help parents head problems off before they escalate.

How to Discipline Toddlers
Setting and enforcing consistent limits is key.

How To Make Time Outs Work
Tips for using them effectively.

When Siblings Won’t Stop Fighting
How parents can keep the peace and help kids learn to resolve conflicts.

Coronavirus Parenting: Managing Anger and Frustration
Parents everywhere are losing their temper and yelling at their kids. How to maintain your cool under stress

Dealing With Loss

Helping Children Cope With Grief
Tips broken down into a range of ages and experiences, and information about what to say, who should say it, what to look out for and how to help.

How to Handle Holidays After a Death in the Family
Grief can make special days harder

What Is PTSD?
The disorder looks different in children as they develop

Treatment for PTSD
There are several evidence-based therapies for young people with PTSD