Category - COVID-19

Telehealth at Home for Kids

COVID-19
Mental Health
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

By Beth Berkowitz, PsyD and Deanne Kelly, BS, OTRL. Teletherapy via phone and video has presented us all with opportunities to engage together in news ways. We are fortunate that for many of our kids, and particularly our teens, engaging with people in this way is not completely foreign. As a result, the transition to teletherapy has not been as dauting a task as we might have first imagined. In fact, kids are developing imaginative ways to engage in their therapy. For example, Brenda (name changed for privacy) 7 years old, has been bringing her worries to her therapist by… Continue Reading


Posted by Beth Berkowitz on May 22, 2020

Connecting with Grandparents while Sheltering in Place

COVID-19
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

By Lori Longo, MA in Child Development, JFCS Center for Children and Youth. These are certainly difficult times to maintain the important connections that everyone needs to stay resilient during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. One of the many stressful outcomes of the shelter-in-place requirement is that it has kept grandparents apart from their grandchildren, whether they live in the same town or in a different state. Connection with our family members is important for our well-being. Children benefit from the loving, nurturing, and positive interaction they have with grandparents. Grandparents equally benefit from regularly interacting with their grandchildren. Regular contact… Continue Reading


Posted by Lori Longo on May 12, 2020

5 Ways to Boost Family Morale While Sheltering in Place

COVID-19
Mental Health
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

By Rachel Sklar, MSW I missed my cousin’s Zoom bat mitzvah. It was in my calendar for 7 pm, but I’m in California and she’s in Baltimore. When I added the face palm emoji to my apology text, it showed up as my top-used emoji. It’s exactly how I feel too. I’m constantly letting people down and then smacking myself in the forehead for it. Needless to say, morale is low around here and being stuck inside until June with three boys doesn’t help. They’ve adopted a “no before yes” kind of attitude. Want to go for a bike ride?… Continue Reading


Posted by Rachel Sklar on April 28, 2020

Healthy Eating Habits during COVID-19: Building Strong Bones with Non-dairy Sources of Calcium

COVID-19
Nutrition
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

By Niki Philippa, RD, PhD, Clinical Dietician at the Center for Children and Youth. Shopping is an activity that has become much more challenging while we shelter in place. Long lines require us to cultivate patience. Some foods are unavailable, while others, like milk and yogurt, have short shelf lives that don’t fit our families’ needs. With a toddler and a baby at home, I’ve noticed that running to the store has become too difficult for frequent shopping, and this sparked my focus on non-dairy sources of calcium. Knowing the best non-dairy alternatives could come in handy on your next… Continue Reading


Posted by Niki Philippa on April 21, 2020

Taking Care of Your Mental Health & Talking to Kids about Coronavirus

COVID-19
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

By Ellie Pelc, PsyD, clinical psychologist, JFCS Center for Children and Youth. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is something none of us has ever experienced before. It is a time of tremendous change and disruption for everyone. Parents are being asked to do the impossible, especially working parents, who are suddenly taking care of themselves, their houses, and their kids. The key to meeting this challenge, while taking care of your own mental health, is to be kinder to yourself. Remember That You Are Doing the Best You Can “I never thought I would yell like this. I never thought I’d… Continue Reading


Posted by Ellie Pelc on April 13, 2020

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