An insightful article from The Doughy Center, The National Center for Grieving Children & Families, at doughy.com
If you’re faced with telling a child or teen that a family member or friend in a hospital or care facility is likely to die soon, you might be feeling confused and overwhelmed. It’s never easy to share this news, and especially so when there might be factors that prevent you and your family from physically visiting the person who is dying.
We know it can be a lot to read through multiple sources of information, so we compiled this resource as an overview of how to support children and teens before, during, and after someone they care about dies in a hospital or care facility. Given the current COVID-19 global health crisis, we’ve included suggestions for what children, teens, and families can do when they aren’t able to visit or see the person who is dying.
Click here for the full article. A lot of this information is sourced from Doughy’s full Tip Sheet collection which you can access here.
Child Therapist and Children’s book author, Fernando Gonzalez, LCSW has created a Free Coronavirus Guide for Children that includes a short guide parents can use to start having conversations about coronavirus in a child friendly way (also available in Spanish). He also includes a page devoted to coronavirus resources for parents and caregivers. You can visit his website here.
This children’s book by Ana Gomez, reminds young children of all the ways that they have the power to help themselves and others during this time of coronavirus and home isolation. It contains loads of colorful pictures and creative activities along with techniques for emotional regulation. A great book to talk with your kids about what may be a frightening or confusing time for them.
The first surge of rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic has receded and left necessary social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantine in its wake, with no definite end date in sight. Millions are now facing the effects of loneliness, cabin fever, life in too-close quarters, and asking how they can still find community when told to stay apart.
One neighborhood is responding in a creative and uplifting way: an interactive game of “I Spy” in which people of any age can participate.
Emily Nelson, a resident of the Sunnymede neighborhood in South Bend, Indiana, created this game for St. Patrick’s Day using the neighborhood association’s Facebook group.
She asked residents to tape paper shamrocks to their front windows or draw them in chalk on their driveways—anything that would be visible to kids walking by on the sidewalk—for a shamrock scavenger hunt. Neighborhood kids could tally up how many they spied and post to the Facebook group.
The neighborhood response was tremendous, so Nelson drew up a calendar through mid-April with other themed days, including Disney characters, Mario, hearts for health workers, dinosaurs, and a bunny hunt. To make the outings even more fun, Nelson encouraged the walkers to embrace the themes by dressing in costume.
For any neighbors who didn’t have themed objects, decorations, or chalk to use, another neighborhood resident put together packets of coloring sheets that she could drop off in mail slots as requested.
Participation has been high. According to Nelson, she and her family saw more than 28 Disney characters posted around the neighborhood on the most recent day, March 21st, including princess dolls and a King Louie from Junglebook.
Even the mailman, according to one resident, took notice and asked about the sudden appearance of Disney items in windows.
Kids are not the only ones who have been excited; neighbor Carolyn Evans wrote to Nelson on the Facebook page, saying “We had a blast looking for characters today! What a fun thing for all of us to do! THANK YOU for putting this in motion and THANK YOU to all of our neighbors who are participating!”
Visiting on front porches, chatting on sidewalks, and playing impromptu football games in the nearby school’s baseball field are some of the usual ways this neighborhood stays close. Now thanks to Nelson’s “I Spy” hunts, grateful community members are a little closer to finding new ways to stay in touch.
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Like many kids who are stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, ten-year-old Sydney was beginning to feel hopeless. But, instead of letting the feeling overtake her, she and her mom took action.
Sydney knew that she had information that would make a difference if she got it out to other kids her age. So, the pair set out to produce videos giving out valuable information.
From their living room they wrote, recorded, and animated Kids Coping with COVID-19 using Story Maker, an educational software that her mom, Melissa Dilling, uses in her classroom at Eisenhower Middle School in Everett, WA.
She hopes that when kids see her series on YouTube they feel like they can actually make a difference in their community—and the world—by following safety guidelines and seeking to help where they can.
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Finding things to do while stuck at home with kids for long periods of time can be a struggle, to say the least. Especially when your kids are full of energy and wanting to be entertained almost 24/7!
Below you’ll find everything you need to entertain your kids (or yourself) while stuck at home. We’ve got activities that will get you moving, educational and informative activities, fun ways to relax and unwind, and more!
A simple deck of cards can provide hours and hours of fun. Here are over 40 card games you can play right now. Take the time to learn a couple of new ones, or just enjoy the classics you already know a love!
Explore the surface of Mars, see a virtual farm tour, explore the Great Wall of China, and more! Check out these awesome virtual field trips.
4. Read a Book
Some silent time is always a good idea if you’re stuck at home as a family, and a bit of reading is a nice way to entertain the imagination. You can also read to your children if they’re not yet old enough to read on their own.
One last idea to go along with the reading ideas above? Start a family book club! Have everyone read the same book and then talk about it over a special dinner. This can work just as well if you’re reading the book to your kids too.
7. Fill Out Workbooks
One of the most important things to do while stuck at home with kids is to keep their minds active and learning. Books and fun virtual tours are great for this, but it’s important to focus on the fundamentals as well, like math.
Workbooks are great for this as they focus on certain grade levels, and they don’t require the internet. Check out these awesome workbooks for kids to find something for your child’s grade level.
8. Do a Puzzle
Puzzles are another one of those fun indoor activities that also provide a good learning lesson. By doing puzzles as a family you’ll bond together, and your child’s problem-solving and quick-thinking skills will improve too! Find puzzle deals on Amazon if you don’t already have some at home.
9. Play Family Games
Playing fun games with my family is one of my favorite ways to pass time, and there are more games than ever out there these days! Some are extremely silly, some require teamwork, and others are heavily competitive every man for theirselves type of games.
Non-electronic games (like the boardgames above) are great, but video games are good too! Just be sure not to spend too much time on them.
Oh, and if you don’t quite understand your child’s love for video games, being stuck at home gives you a great opportunity to learn! Ask to play with them and get them to tell you about their favorite games.