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Supporting Your Children’s Development During the Pandemic
On this podcast episode I interview Dr. Michelle Parker, child psychologist and the Head of School at Seneca Academy about how to support your child through all that this pandemic entails while taking into consideration your own needs, as a parent and as a human going through very uncertain times.
Dr. Parker is an expert on child development with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a B.A. in Psychobiology. She is a clinical psychologist, bilingual educator, board member, consultant and researcher. Dr. Parker has held several leadership positions in the educational arena in the Washington, DC area. She has also held positions at the American Psychological Association, the Board of Directors at the Reginald Lourie Center for Children and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Argentine School of Washington.
Dr. Parker has been instrumental in developing programs and curricula, workshops, therapeutic tutoring for students with learning issues, as well as providing educational instruction and guidance for students from elementary through graduate level. She has brought all this experience to discuss how we can best anticipate and cope with the current challenges families face during the pandemic.
On this episode we talk about:
- How to share information about the pandemic with your children without overwhelming them
- Age appropriate tips
- How to follow your children’s lead
- Modeling social-emotional skills
- How to identify and reduce our children’s stress
- How children process the stress and fear present in our homes
- How to leverage a schedule and routine to alleviate anxiety
- How changes in children’s normal behavior are a form of communication
- What behavioral changes can be expected
- Tips for strategic use of technology
- How to balance self-care for parents
- How to manage sibling dynamics
- Why prioritizing social-emotional development is more important than academic development
After listening to this episode you will feel confident in understanding, anticipating and supporting your children’s social emotional development throughout the chaos of our new lives during the Pandemic. You will be inspired to find a routine that balances your children’s needs with your own to create a healthy home environment.
Mentioned on this episode:
- Seneca Academy – private International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program World School for age two through fifth grade students in Darnestown, MD.
- Free parenting workshops from the Seneca Academy Parenting Series
- Contact Dr. Michelle Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other useful information:
- 13 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Mental Wellness During a Quarantine
- 21 Powerful Positive Affirmations to Improve Your Mindset During a Pandemic
- The Power Your Words Have Over Your Children and How to Use Them Wisely (episode 18)
- The Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Child Every Day
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