Category: Being Your Best Parent

7 tips for parents of young kids navigating COVID-19

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The devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to mount as parents, caregivers, and families across the country navigate unprecedented challenges. Anxiety and uncertainty have become the norm, and as pandemic fatigue sets in, parents are grappling with ways to support their children’s healthy development and help them cope. 

At Erikson Institute, a graduate school specializing in child development, our mantra is “relationships, relat...

Posted on November 25, 2020 at 2:28 PM by Erikson Institute

Help your kids capture memories of this strange year

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My family isn't counting the days, weeks or even the months anymore, but we are counting the memories.

What began as a couple of weeks holed up at home could have morphed into a lost year. Instead, we chose to begin each day with the question, What memories are we creating today? Capturing those memories—both joyous and challenging—has become central to our daily lives. Here are some easy ways you can help your kids record feelings and milestones s...

Posted on October 20, 2020 at 1:49 PM by Fiona Royer

Can we build anti-racist communities?

With the reemergence of the Black Lives Matter movement and other efforts to challenge racism in our society, there has been a push to support Black businesses. Families all over Chicago have poured in their money and support to local owners as a part of the national allyship for the Black Lives Matter movement. This support is not only coming from individuals, it’s also coming from multi-billion dollar companies like Netflix and Grubhub.

It is much needed for Black businesses because ...

Posted on October 06, 2020 at 1:43 PM by Keisha Mathew

How to handle remote learning while co-parenting

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Co-parenting is always a balancing act, but add your child's remote learning into the mix and you could have a real challenge on your hands.

As always, communication is key. Each parent should be informed on what the back to school process looks like and all available options, knowing that with COVID-19, recommendations and options are changing every day. Discuss with your co-parent the concerns you each have as it pertains to healthcare, y...

Posted on August 31, 2020 at 10:33 AM by Erin Wilson

How to become an anti-racist parent

 

Since the pandemic began, it has been hard to deny that racism continues to hinder people of color’s well being. Asian Americans have faced harassment and even violence with the tacit approval of the president, since he referred to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” and later the “Kung Flu.” Additionally, we’ve seen the harmful consequences of our modern lifestyle of convenience on communities of color. People of Latinx and African descent are disproportionately the drivers delivering o...

Posted on August 03, 2020 at 2:35 PM by Keisha Mathew

Anxious about the upcoming school year? Here's how to ease your child's fears—and yours.

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As the new school year approaches amid the Covid pandemic, we all find ourselves approaching it with a heightened sense of apprehension with a new normal of social interaction. The previous school year concluded with distance learning and parents temporarily thrust into educator roles and many are anxiously wondering what will happen this fall. It’s impossible to know what the future holds, and with no clear roadmap, parents who have been managi...

Posted on July 15, 2020 at 10:55 AM by Layton Kirk

5 tips for bringing back the partner in your partnership during Covid

Even in the best of times, being great at both parenting and partnership requires deft maneuvering. Throw in a global pandemic, and many of the struggles two-parent households are experiencing shine in glaringly bright light. 

But it’s possible this time could forever redefine our roles in the home and our relationships with our partners. Simply put, sheltering-in-place together has answered the question around what we do in a day. We’ve always juggled a lot but there’s less curiosity ...

Posted on July 13, 2020 at 1:15 PM by Julia Rohan

Resources to help you talk about racism with your kids

It may not be easy to talk to your kids about the realities of racism, but it's a critical part of making positive change in our city and our country, and helping your child develop into a thoughtful, aware and kind adult.

Here are some resources to help parents facilitate these conversations. We'll keep adding more as we find them. If you have resources to add to this list, email laura@npnparents.org. And add your voice to the lively discussions happening right now on our forum about ...

Posted on June 04, 2020 at 12:12 PM by Laura Baginski

How to co-parent during the coronavirus pandemic

Co-parenting can be complicated enough without additional factors that throw a wrench into the system you and your co-parent have developed. The presence of coronavirus will alter the way that you co-parent. Here are some tips on how to be successful co-parents while dealing with coronavirus. 

Stick with the routine where you can. During this stressful time, there will be adjustments that have to be made. However, it is important to keep consistency in the places that you can. Child...

Posted on June 03, 2020 at 2:18 PM by Erin Wilson

Will my relationship survive this virus?

Many of us are in a relationship that was already taxed before being quarantined and ordered to stay at home — for the foreseeable future. Some of you are in the process of divorce and now that courts have halted, you are feeling stuck. Others with children are now having to work even more as a team, which was already difficult pre-Covid19. 

This isn’t easy. 

More time together in a pressure cooker of tight spaces and new stresses is rough. Maybe your partner has some really annoyin...

Posted on April 30, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Crystal Clair