Building Resilience: Control What You Can
Control What You Can
Kids feel empowered when they know they can help keep themselves safe. For school-age children, tell them they are helping to stay safe from the Coronavirus by washing their hands properly (and having fun while doing it) and limiting their physical contact with people. For older children and teenagers, they can feel empowered through helping prepare the family by getting supplies with you, helping to prepare meals, caring for younger siblings, or delivering other quarantined family members supplies while properly maintaining social distancing. Disruptions in extracurricular activities, social gatherings, and events such as dances, prom, or graduation can put teenagers especially at risk for feeling out of control. Be mindful of these struggles, listen to their frustrations and fears, and brainstorm together on how they can celebrate these milestones virtually and/or later.
As parents and caregivers, it’s helpful to remember that there’s only so much you can control right now as well. Focus on the things you do have some control and choice over today.
Note: Mental health is always important, but during times of crisis it is paramount. The following guidelines are designed to support you in finding ways to cope, understanding how to practice self-care, and nurturing your connection with your child. Building Resilience: Parenting During a Pandemic is a joint effort between Louisiana Children's Museum and Tulane Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.
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