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Kids In Crisis Resources for Families Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Kids In Crisis 24-Hour Helpline is here to support you and your family, and the community.  Please call and speak to a trained counselor for guidance, any time of the day or night.

Homeschooling

Here is a great article about Homeschooling from Mommy Poppins called ‘A Realistic Guide to Homeschooling for Busy Parents”. 

When libraries are not accessible in person use this awesome tip From Barbara McLaughlin:

A wonderful resource for parents home with children: go to ANY social media platform (FB, Instagram and Twitter) and search #operationstorytime”

“Many children’s book authors have recorded readings of their books. There are also celebrities reading!  Tons of readings out there to engage your children in literacy. Reading activities should be parents #1 goal while they are home. “

Also, PBS Kids has a free Daily Newsletter

Beth from Development found this great link featured on Today, about homeschooling:
How to Home-School During the Coronoavirus Crisis with Free Resources  

And, the Cincinnati Zoo says: Join us for a Home Safari Facebook Live each day at 3pm EDT where we will highlight one of our amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home. Don’t have access to social media? No worries! All videos will be posted to this webpage and to our YouTube channel shortly after the Facebook Live ends.

Mental Wellbeing

Sara Lewis, MSW, our Teen Talk Counselor Scotts Ridge Middle School, recommends this article summarizing how we may be feeling about this pandemic. It could be feelings of grief.
https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief

Use this time to support the ones you love and become a stronger family in the end, with ‘7 Ways to Support Kids and Teens Through the Corona Virus Pandemic’ from the Clay Center for Young the Healthy Minds

Parent Support

Edward L. Milton LMSW​, Teen Talk Counselor Norwalk High School, found this great resource from The Hub
Coping with Corona, part 2: Mental Health & Recovery Support FAQ

Judy from Development and Michael from Quality Assurance both really like these resources from the Child Mind Institute
Supporting Families During COVID-19

Have You Ever Run Out of Conversations During Family Meals?

The Family Dinner Project (www.thefamilydinnerproject.org) is a great website with fun and easy ideas to keep mealtime interesting.  They have compiled a great list of dinnertime conversation starters that is printable.  You can cut out each question and put them in a “Conversation Jar.”  Have the kids help decorate the jar and place it on the table at mealtimes.  Go to https://bit.ly/2UKh5S9 

Stay Social While Distancing

Fun way for our teens to feel connected with friends:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2020/03/17/coronavirus-netflix-party-lets-friends-do-movie-nights-quarantine/5072347002/

Health

What to do if you are sick
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html 

And Now for Something Completely Delicious

Here’s an easy fun recipe young kids can make: Nutella Banana Sushi https://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/recipes/nutella-banana-sushi-recipe/6m1kfygx

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