Parenting during the coronavirus pandemic

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Get expert insight, advice, and tips for talking about COVID-19 with your kids and helping your whole family cope during these uncertain times.

Tips for parenting during coronavirusParenting in the age of COVID-19

As families grapple with an ever-changing normal, anxiety can escalate. Boston Children's has answers to six common parenting challenges.

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myths about covid and kidsCOVID-19 and kids: Do you know myth from fact?

There are still many myths being spread about COVID-19, especially when it comes to the virus and how it impacts kids. Do you know the facts?

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Should you hire a babysitter during COVID-19?Should you hire a babysitter during COVID-19? Six tips to consider

If you're considering hiring a babysitter during COVID-19, here are some tips to guide your efforts to make sure your family stays safe.

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Ask the pediatric expert video series

Back to School: Episode 2

Back to School: Episode 1

Back to School: Episode 2

Back to School: Episode 1

Child and Family Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Summer & Screen Time: Episode 1

Supporting your child’s mental health: Episode 1

Supporting your child’s mental health: Episode 2

Summer & Screen Time: Episode 1

Supporting your child’s mental health: Episode 1

Supporting your child’s mental health: Episode 2

Summer & Screen Time: Episode 2

Expanding Your Social Circle: Episode 1

Expanding Your Social Circle: Episode 2

Summer & Screen Time: Episode 2

Expanding Your Social Circle: Episode 1

Expanding Your Social Circle: Episode 2

Preparing for the Next New Normal: Episode 1

Preparing for the Next New Normal: Episode 2

Preparing for the Next New Normal: Episode 3

Preparing for the Next New Normal: Episode 1

Preparing for the Next New Normal: Episode 2

Preparing for the Next New Normal: Episode 3

Preparing for the Next New Normal: Episode 4

Keeping Kids Busy: Episode 1

Keeping Kids Busy: Episode 2

Preparing for the Next New Normal: Episode 4

Keeping Kids Busy: Episode 1

Keeping Kids Busy: Episode 2

Keeping Kids Busy: Episode 3

Keeping Kids Busy: Episode 4

Masks 101

Keeping Kids Busy: Episode 3

Keeping Kids Busy: Episode 4

Masks 101

Antibody Testing for COVID-19

Testing for COVID-19

Virtual Visit

Antibody Testing for COVID-19

Testing for COVID-19

Virtual Visit

Antivirals

Antivirals


Tips and tools as students return to school during the COVID-19 crisis

The “Boston Children’s Return to School COVID-19 Tool” is a simple web-based tool parents can use each day before their student attends school. Based on their responses, parents will be provided guidance on whether or not their student should attend school that day and directed to COVID-19 resources.

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What families should know for safe return to in-person school

Read our tips on what you need to know about communicating with school and steps to avoid prevention of COVID-19 in schools

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back to school with divorced parentsBack to school and COVID-19: Tips for divorced parents

In the midst of COVID-19, we face one of the most complicated back-to-school seasons ever. Here are some tips how parents can work together to help their kids feel safe and secure about returning to school.

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Boston Children's recommendation for school year

Preparing your kids for the new school year during COVID-19

There are still many questions around what the school year will look like during COVID-19. Our experts offer tips to help your kids prepare.

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COVID-19 Tips for getting through the rest of this school year

Tips for getting through the school year

Many parents are feeling frustrated as they try to adapt to home learning in the age of coronavirus. Social worker Sue Costello offers some survival tips.

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COVID-19 and IEPs: Education for children with special needs

School closures during COVID-19 have been especially hard on kids with individualized education plans (IEPs). What parents can do.

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What schooling is available to my child during the COVID-19 crisis?
What if my child receives special education services?
Can my child get direct services at home?
Can we still have our scheduled IEP/504 meeting? Can I schedule a new meeting?
If a meeting is delayed, does my child still have an IEP/504 Plan?
How can I access online learning if I don’t have a laptop/tablet/computer/internet connection?
I’m worried my child is going to lose skills during this time. How will they catch up?
What resources are available to help me if I have trouble accessing Special Education?

If your child is a patient of Boston Children’s hospital, contact your specialty clinic for questions about education services. You may also be able to set up a virtual visit with a member of your child’s care team. Find your clinic.


Help your kids stay busy and happy at home during COVID-19 shutdowns

How to talk about covid-19 with friends

Teens and young adults: Is it time for a 'COVID-19 talk' with your friends?

If you're planning to get together with friends during the pandemic, use these tips to help make you feel comfortable.

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Keep summer activities as safe as possible

Keep summer activities as safe as possible

This summer, as you and your family start to get out of the house in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, learn how to stay safe with tips from our expert.

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Eight tips to get your kids on a good sleep schedule

Eight tips to get your kids on a good sleep schedule

Sleep problems are common in children of all ages during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn eight tips to help your kids sleep.

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COVID-19 is closing schools and businesses. Here's how to keep your family busy and less stressed during this uncertain time.

Getting good sleep and adhering to a regular schedule helps kids fit in a range of activities. Watch our latest video with Dr. Michael Rich, to learn how to help balance screen time with healthy outdoor fun this summer.

Boston Children's Summer Camp

Should you send your child to camp this summer?

Whether to send your child to camp during COVID-19 is a personal decision. Boston Children's experts suggest each family weigh the benefits and risks.

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Boston Children’s infectious disease expert, Dr. Kristin Moffitt, talks about the re-opening of camps and daycares and what parents should consider when making summer plans. Watch

Dealing with grief during coronavirus

Dealing with feelings of grief in the time of coronavirus

According to Erica Lee and Heather Potts, psychologists in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital, these feelings are all understandable reactions to the grief we feel at the loss of our “normal” lives.

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Additional resources


How to talk to your kids about a scary event

Talking to your kids about coronavirus

It’s okay to be scared: Talking about COVID-19 with your kids

Get tips to help you have conversations with your kids, from the experts on the COVID-19 Resilience Team in Boston Children's Department of Psychiatry.

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Talking to your kids about what is on the newsWhy parents really need to talk to their children about the news

Especially during difficult times, it's important to talk with your children about the news and discuss how it affects our country and world.

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Managing care for someone with COVID-19

What if someone in my home tests positive for coronavirus

If someone in your house tests positive for COVID-19

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spike in accidental poisoning in children

COVID-19 pandemic may put kids at risk for accidental poisonings

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