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Stress Over Omicron

A weekly update of content from childmind.org featuring parenting advice, in-depth articles, and the latest thinking on children’s mental health and learning disorders.

December 21, 2021

The emotional roller coaster we’ve been on for nearly two years just took another plunge thanks to Omicron. While we don’t know yet how much serious illness the newest variant will cause, it’s already created intense uncertainty and worry at a time when our reserves of resilience are depleted. Will schools be closed again? Will we have to cancel travel plans again? Will the kids have to stay away from their grandparents — again?

This week on childmind.org we explore how to deal with the emotional cost of uncertainty and stay positive when we’re facing more frustration and disruption. We share tips on how to help your kids develop flexibility, too. And with families gathering for the holidays, we explore how to help kids be at their best, to minimize stress and maximize fun for everyone.

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