Helping Kids Feel Safe – Parenting Now! – Parents Article

During challenging times or periods of uncertainty in our lives, children—even as young as infants—can pick up on our stress levels. They worry along with us as we hear unsettling reports on the news or overhear conversations about being able to pay rent this month or worry about a relative who is ill. It’s important to take notice of your child’s behavior when your family is going through uncertain times or a crisis. Is your child not sleeping well, washing…

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Busy – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

Running round the small garden for what seems like the millionth time and desperately trying to find an excuse to stop for a few seconds. Thankfully a yellow rose is a suitable excuse for a photo pit stop. I’m sat writing this during another brief day pit stop. Son is having a wander round the garden, dreaming and working on what we do next this Sunday afternoon. It will be a short pit stop. Maybe 30 minutes at most. It’s…

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Get my head round – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

The sun is shining. It’s still cold but we will settle for this. So it’s almost official. School has emailed parents to say that looking at the latest government guidance – which apparently isn’t much – only some Primary pupils and those sitting final exams next year will get any direct teaching over the next few months. The earliest Son will be back in school is going to be September. So it’s time to get our heads round this. Looking…

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Communicating With Your Child During Times Of Stress – Parents Article

As many parents’ balance working from home, helping their children with distance learning, and trying to meet everyone’s basic needs, communication skills can sometimes suffer under the weight of managing it all. It’s important—especially during times of stress—to give special attention to how we communicate with our children. Here, there, everywhere! There are a lot of important things demanding your attention right now. You may have virtual work meetings or deadlines; multiple children with their own virtual class meetings; a…

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How to Help Kids Cope and Contribute during COVID-19 • Science of Parenting • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Parents Article

The new “normal” that many families have endured recently includes limiting their time engaging with friends and neighbors in an attempt to practice social distancing. This experience is probably very new for many people. Not only is it new, but it can also be very lonely and disappointing. Children who want to play with friends, but who are told they cannot, may really have many questions. Their emotions may spill over with fear, anger and even anxiety as they try…

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7 Mindful activities to help kids feel safe and grounded – Single Mum, Parents Article

There’s possibly never been a time when stress has been so acute. Everyone is stressed! Children absorb the stress of the adults around them and, because of their age, usually don’t have the emotional language to express and work through any overwhelming emotions they may be feeling.Mindfulness – or learning how to be in the present moment – teaches us how to see and accept things as they are, without emotion or judgment, to simply be in the moment consciously…

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Living In Your New Normal (Part 3): Accepting – Foster Parents Article

| Share | Tweet | Pin It | email As we continue to live in the new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a point where we must begin to accept life as it is. How do we do that when we are parenting children who struggle with change? Over the past month we have had several conversations with families who are struggling to keep their head above water in this new normal. Their children have already dealt with so much…

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Help Kids Reduce Anxiety: Free Printable – Parents Article

Help Kids Reduce Anxiety: Free Printable Anxious times call for calming techniques and there is no better way to help kids learn how to calm down than by teaching them breathing strategies that calm the nervous system. The current pandemic has created stressors unlike any other time, providing ample opportunities to enhance our children’s coping capacity, as well as our own. Our free printables are great for kids, and you might be surprised at what a difference these techniques make…

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More Babies or More Divorces After COVID-19? – Parents Article

Source: Timisu/Pixabay The COVID-19 pandemic is so different from anything we have ever experienced, yet it will be compared to natural disasters and outbreaks we have had in the past. The differences between our experiences with the coronavirus are its vastness, its unpredictability, and its duration. It’s as if we are stranded on an island with essentially no idea when we can get off. We are accustomed to external involvement with others, amusements from sporting events and concerts to dinners…

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Like new – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

Two daily visitors waiting patiently for breakfast. I must clean the gutters…. After yesterday’s unplanned washing of my mobile, I found myself outside in the cold early morning air. Doing a great workout supplied by a very kind friend and listening to music on my super clean phone. Crystal clear sound. In fact it’s never sounded so good. Maybe I should try my body out in a quick machine wash cycle. If only I could fit the car in our…

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