Parenting during COVID
Behavioral science-based information on children, youth and families developed by leaders of the American Psychological Association
Common Sense Media site reviews movies and apps for parents. Includes articles on recommended kids apps.
BC Foundry list of helpful apps for teens.
Kids and Covid
Children who have experienced serious illness or losses in the past are particularly vulnerable to prolonged or intense reactions to graphic news reports or images of illness or death. These children may need extra support and attention. Children who are excessively preoccupied with concerns about COVID19 should be evaluated by a trained and qualified mental health professional.
Other signs that a child may need additional help include: ongoing sleep disturbances, intrusive thoughts or worries, recurring fears about illness or death, reluctance to leave parents or go to school. If such behaviors persist, ask your child’s doctor to help arrange an appropriate referral. (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Returning kids to school:
-Mental wellness tips for how to talk about returning to school
-CDC Return to school article and interactive decision making tool for parents.
-Returning kids to school: How to feel ok about your decision.
-Everyday anxiety strategies for educators (and now for parents and caretakers) EASE-BC Education.
-Article on identifying 10 signs of COVID stress on kids. Interviews with a variety of mental health professionals
Useful Parenting Articles about Parenting Covid Issues and How to talk to kids about Covid by Kelty Mental Health Canada
Psychologist discusses how to motivate your kids when they are stuck at home
UCLA health, COVID and Pregnancy
Post Secondary Students
Child Mental Health Resources
Kelty's Mental Health-Comprehensive BC Children's Hospital Information including resources and tools
Guides for children to manage anxiety
Creativity and family play
CTV article on engaging kids learning from home-several resources.
87 indoor activities because cabin fever is no joke
Geocaching-an outdoor treasure hunt in your neighborhoods.
Nature journal writing for kids
City of Surrey Resources for outdoor learning.