Help children respond to the pandemic affecting their lives

For parents, helping children cope during the COVID-19 pandemic may be as simple as listening, Steven Marans argues.

Children are struggling with difficult issues, says Marans, a child and adult psychoanalyst at Yale University Medicine and chief of the Trauma Section at the Child Study Center…

In a year marked by COVID-19, discussions around racial justice, a crashing economy, and a divisive presidential election, he says parents need to first acknowledge their own emotions and stress reactions in order to be most attentive to their child’s responses to recent events.

“Then, if children are having ‘big feelings’—or showing signs of their distress—it’s an opportunity to hit the pause button and help them recognize and reflect on those feelings,” Marans says.

Not solutions to everything; but, a lot to offer about individual questions children will be asking themselves and the adults important to their lives.

One thought on “Help children respond to the pandemic affecting their lives

  1. Collateral damage says:

    The brains of US teens have physically changed during the Covid-19 pandemic, aging faster than normal, a new study says.
    The study, which measured brain age after about 10 months of lockdown, showed that teen brains had aged at least three years in that time
    The study, published Thursday in the journal Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science, is one of the first to look at the physical changes in the brain brought by the stress and anxiety experienced during the pandemic. https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/02/health/pandemic-teen-brains-stress-wellness

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