Working from Home

photo-1585183575305-750ab15467b6Dr. Corinne Masur

So many parents I talk to are working from home and having trouble making it work.

People who are single parents or whose partners are essential workers are alone most of the time and have no one to trade off with on child care.

Or, if parents do have a partner at home, they’re saying that taking turns taking care of the children is hard– especially when they both need to work at the same time but the children can’t manage on their own.

And infants, toddlers, and young children pay NO attention to any schedule you might have decided on.

So – what to do? Continue reading

Seriously

housesDr. Corinne Masur

Our past few posts have been positive: great podcasts for kids and teens, resources for parents staying at home with their children, that sort of thing.

But today it feels like time to write a different kind of post.

Parents who I “see” (online) in my “office” (house) have been saying things to me like, “I just had to get out of the house so I went to the store to buy some bread” or “I’ve been babysitting for my niece while school is out so I thought it would be alright to have dinner with her parents and a friend of theirs.”

Staying home is hard. For everyone. People who live alone are feeling incredibly isolated; people who live with their families are feeling incredibly suffocated; children are missing their friends; teenagers are crawling out of their skins not being able to hang out with each other. We have never been through anything like this and it’s hard to know what to do or how to handle this.

But…..we have to.

Recently a lecturer in epidemiology at Yale, Jonathan Smith, wrote the following: Continue reading

Great Podcasts for Kids and Teens

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For Little Kids:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/parenting/podcasts-for-kids.htmlor Little Kids:

A Big List of Podcasts for Little Kids – The New York Times

My son’s podcast addiction began when he was 2, with “The Gingerbread Man.” He was hooked at first listen and asked to hear it constantly. Eventually, I could recite the entire story …

www.nytimes.com

 

For kids of all ages:

https://www.prx.org/gen-z?gclid=Cj0KCQjwjoH0BRD6ARIsAEWO9DuT22moRRZ0JfjGNV6ZLVah2Ky7tNeVwYSvlFwsc8a-Q-pUBMwCtTcaAtw-EALw_wcB

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/the-best-podcasts-for-kids

The 25 Best Podcasts for Kids | Common Sense Media

Entertaining, informative, and kid-friendly podcasts for bedtime, road trips, and more. Best part? They’re screen-free. Advice from Common Sense Media editors.

www.commonsensemedia.org

 

For Teens:

https://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/1134797/best-podcasts-teenagers/

The Best Podcasts for Teens: 11 Programs They Will Actually Listen To – SheKnows

If you’re stuck at home self-isolating with teens, you may be ready to rip your hair out right about now. Because in between all that Zoom school work, you trying to get your own shit done, and …

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Enforced Togetherness

photo-1576089073624-b5751a8f4de9Dr. Corinne Masur

One of the hardest things about this pandemic, other than the anxiety it creates, is the forced home stay. Couples who aren’t used to spending long stretches of time together are suddenly together 24/7. Parents who have never even considered home schooling are having to do just that. Children who are used to the structure and routine of school are home all day, where the refrigerator is always available and where they can say “NO!” in a way they’d never dare to with their teacher.

Nerves can fray. Anger is coming up between partners, between children and parents, between siblings.

It’s extremely hard: There is literally no way to completely take a break from each other for more than a short time.

How to survive?

Here are a few suggestions.  If you have others, please let us know! Continue reading

Helpful Links for All of Us

We compiled a list of links for everyone staying home these days, including parents, kids, teens, people working from home, bosses, and just plain people:

For all of us:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/21/opinion/scott-kelly-coronavirus-isolation.html

https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being?ranMID=40328&ranEAID=EHFxW6yx8Uo&ranSiteID=EHFxW6yx8Uo-ou5A0aYQ3IEFuBeEU4YH5w&siteID=EHFxW6yx8Uo-ou5A0aYQ3IEFuBeEU4YH5w&utm_content=10&utm_medium=partners&utm_source=linkshare&utm_campaign=EHFxW6yx8Uo

https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/03/19/coronavirus-social-distancing-covid-19/

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/covid-19-everything-you-need-to-know-to-stay-healthy-and-entertained-while-stuck-at-home/

 

https://www.eastoregonian.com/coronavirus/staying-sane-at-home-during-covid/article_b83183fe-6a24-11ea-8f3b-d7de04040251.html

https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/mary-schmich/ct-met-schmich-covid19-crisis-20200312-335c5bkivjdu7ofw5jg46hyd4u-story.html

https://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/health-news/how-to-stay-sane-and-active-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5AyGvJcyoU&=share&fbclid=IwAR3vVEu2OXTJyAqtsqMp7Okgv8-g11v_lr0879q4vh0oNtttk5rnd1uQ7NM

For those working from home:

https://www.consumerreports.org/home-office/work-from-home-covid-19-tech-that-will-make-it-easier/

https://insights.dice.com/2020/03/17/7-tips-work-remotely-during-covid-19-crisis/

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2020/03/working-home-because-covid-19-here-are-10-ways-spend-your-time


For Parents:

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-parenting-infant-kids-20200320.html

https://childmind.org/article/supporting-kids-during-the-covid-19-crisis/

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/13/814615866/coronavirus-and-parenting-what-you-need-to-know-now

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/coronavirus-pandemic-covid19-how-parents-kids-can-stay-safe-sane

https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/parents-balancing-working-from-home-and-taking-care-of-their-children-during-covid-19-outbreak/

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/help-i-ve-got-kids-what-do-i-do-tips-for-parents-working-from-home-1.4855001

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/working-parents-school-closures-coronavirus/


For Teens and Parents of Teens

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/rachelysanders/teens-teenagers-at-home-isolation-coronavirus-school

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