This time is clearly unprecedented and it has left many of us parents feeling overwhelmed with how to manage our stress, as well as our children's stress. With the governor's recent direction to keep schools closed throughout the rest of the 2019-2020 school year, we are collectively unsure of how to proceed. As a mother to an eight year old, four year old, and two year old, I am certainly overwhelmed with balancing motherhood, being a business owner and clinician, as well as a second grade substitute teacher. I have put off preschool teacher until the fall, I know we all hope it doesn't come to that.
As a Registered Play Therapist, I am fortunate to be a part of a very unique and special group of clinicians that share my love for the therapeutic power of play. We are a friendly and helpful bunch by nature, I have been overcome with gratefulness and admiration at how Play Therapists have come to support one another with many wonderful resources. I have included some below that you may find useful navigating these unchartered waters. Fee free to review them and choose which ones may help you and your family. I will do my best to organize them in a cohesive way, and I will continue to add to the list as more come to my attention. I think as parents a helpful thing to consider as we manage the stressors of our time is to do our best to fill this time with happy memories. Memories that our grown children can look back on and say, "Hey, remember when". Remember when we didn't have to go to school, remember when we build a fort and did schoolwork in it, remember when we stayed up late and had popcorn for dinner... Clearly, not everyday can or should be a remember when day, but let's ease our mistakes and personal standards to have some fun amidst the chaos.
Coloring Books, Elementary Age:
Caroline Conquers Her Corona Fears
Caroline Continues To Conquer (Follow Up)
Story Book, Early Childhood and Families
Trinka and Sam Fighting the Big Virus
Trinka and Sam: Complimentary Activities To Accompany Book
Story Book, Elementary Age:
The Germ Called Coronavirus
PDF Downloads: A COVID Time Capsule