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5 Survival Tips for Working From Home With Kids

Being a working parent is a difficult job - especially when you have a 4th grade son with ADHD and a 4-year old daughter with more stamina than the Energizer Bunny. Now with COVID-19 forcing many parents to work from home, the fragile balance between our career responsibilities and duties as parents has been destabilized, transforming one difficult job into two seemingly impossible ones.



How Reframing Your COVID-19 Experience Can Support Emotional Wellbeing

Editor’s note: This week, we feature guest blogger Dr. Katherine Pang, a licensed psychologist in TX. Please read more about Dr. Pang below.

Right now, students, adults, and parents all over the world are struggling to continue this new “way of being” we find ourselves living. Our most mundane routines have been uprooted and altered in ways that would have defied our imaginations just months ago: shopping for the evening’s meal, working with colleagues, attending classes - it seems that no aspect of our lives has gone unchanged by our social distancing and shelter-in-place requirements. In this process, it is common to feel a sense of loss; we cannot spend time together over a meal, sit with a friend in a movie theater, or gather with loved ones for important rites of passage such as graduations, weddings, and even funerals. To feel disappointment, despair, or disdain over the disruptions we are experiencing is understandable - and yet, finding ways to feel hopeful and thankful are deeply important to maintaining our mental and physical health - now, more than ever. So, what can we do to continue to facilitate our own personal development and resiliency during these unprecedented times?



How to Regain Your Focus While Working From Home (WFH)

In my last blog post I talked about how to get into a working mindset when you’ve got to work from home (WFH). For some of you, getting into the mindset was just the first hurdle. You might now be thinking: How do I keep that mindset? In this post we’ll explore ways to stay focused in the current WFH climate.



How to Support Your Child With Attention Challenges, Especially Now

Editor’s note: This week, we feature guest blogger Dr. Jane Greenstein, a licensed psychologist in MA. Please read more about Dr. Greenstein below.

These are difficult times for everyone. Between coronavirus fears, quarantine, school closings, and financial uncertainty, we are in uncharted territory. It’s hard to manage worries about the future when so much is unknown. It’s hard maintaining a sense of normalcy when we have lost the structures of our typical lives. It’s hard juggling responsibilities for ourselves, our households, and (if we are fortunate) our jobs.  For those with children in the home, you have to do this while also looking after their physical, emotional, and intellectual well-being. And for caregivers of children and teens with significant attention control weakness, this already demanding reality is made more challenging by the degree of support your kid needs to complete tasks, even under the best of circumstances.