12 Ways to Grow Resilience in Your Kids Through this Pandemic

As I think about what it may feel like to children as they go back to school in the middle of a pandemic with precautions like we’ve never seen before, I think about what we know about kids and resilience, and kids and trauma. When kids encounter really difficult situations, there are certain factors that… Continue reading 12 Ways to Grow Resilience in Your Kids Through this Pandemic

Parenting as Covid-19 Goes On. And On. And On.

As parents, we’re making decisions both for ourselves and for our children as we wade through what precautions to take during Covid-19. When the first case of Covid-19 occurred in Manitoba in March 2020, plans quickly moved into place for school closures, working from home, physical distancing and other precautions. This felt right. We didn’t… Continue reading Parenting as Covid-19 Goes On. And On. And On.

Sitting with the Uncomfortable: Letting It Change Our Views on Racial Injustice

In our world right now, there is uncomfortable uncertainty. There was George Floyd’s tragic and senseless death. There are Black Lives Matter protests happening around the world. We see more awareness of systemic racial injustice. We see conflict. And all this amidst ongoing news of Covid-19, deaths, and precautions. In my home – an argument… Continue reading Sitting with the Uncomfortable: Letting It Change Our Views on Racial Injustice

111 Things to Do With Your Kids at Home (During the Covid-19 Pandemic)

For tips on how to talk to kids about Covid-19, see my post Talking to Kids About Covid-19 and Routine Changes. When kids are a little bored and there are fewer outside distractions, they can be more receptive to settling into activities that they might otherwise be less interested in. So take advantage of these moments… Continue reading 111 Things to Do With Your Kids at Home (During the Covid-19 Pandemic)

Talking to Kids About Covid-19 and Routine Changes

Help Frame It For Them Reassure them. You may something like: “We are safe [in Manitoba, Canada]. Most people won’t get sick.  Most of the people  probably won’t get very sick.  Most of the people we know won’t get very sick either.” Educate them. You may say something like: “Some people are older. Some people… Continue reading Talking to Kids About Covid-19 and Routine Changes

30 Children’s Books that Promote Emotional Intelligence, Resilience and Empathy

I have always loved children’s books. So often, I find that they condense important topics down to the needed details. They are invaluable resources for introducing and reinforcing meaningful topics to children, both at home, and in therapy. Here are some of my favourites, in no particular order, for promoting emotional intelligence, resilience and empathy.… Continue reading 30 Children’s Books that Promote Emotional Intelligence, Resilience and Empathy