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Managing family stress with COVID-19

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(KWWL) - Concern over COVID-19 can make both children and parents anxious. Central Rivers Area Education Agency is reminding families what they should do to ease that anxiety.

The first thing School Psychologist, Dana Miller, says is it's okay to be stressed as a parent right now.

Miller says during times like these, being physically and mentally available for kids is job number one for parents. Filling the academic void for kids at the moment is important, but shouldn't be all parents can do.

Miller also reminds parents to make sure kids still socializes with friends.

"This is not like summer vacation, we can't talk to our friends like we used to, and we can't ride the bikes to the park," Miller said. "We might not fully understand why school is not in session. However, making sure to keep fostering those relationships children have is important."

The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention reminds parents to take time for themselves. While keeping social distancing in mind, parents should do whatever relieves them of stress at least once a day.

"It's a lot, and I think people need to understand you can't be perfect in all parenting areas. From my perspective, academics are not the priority," Miller said. "The priority is the social and emotional health parents should practice."

Miller says educators are also feeling a sense of loss right now. Many teachers view students as they would their own children.

Previously talked on KWWL is the importance of routine. This can be simple like planning activities to do with your kids every day.

Sources Miller references:

How to talk to children about the COVID-19 Pandemic- National Association of School Psychologists

Taking Care of Mental Health During the Face of Uncertainty: Protecting Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak

COVID-19 Information and Resources

Vinny Lowerre

Producer & Multimedia Journalist

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