2020, Year in Review

Happy New Year! What a crazy ride 2020 has been. I want to thank you all for continuing to inspire me to be a better mother, child life specialist, and human. At the beginning of the year, I was just getting some groundwork for child life collaboration within my community. Everything was halted with the pandemic. I quickly pivoted with the changes and was able to insert my services through telehealth and in-person sessions.

Thank you to community organizations that allowed me to connect with your families and provide caregiver workshops.

Thank you to the families that allowed me to work with your children in-person and through telehealth.

Thank you to the child life academic programs for the opportunity to connect with students.

Thank you to my amazing colleagues for continuing to push me in creative ways.

Thank you to my guest bloggers, authors, and program leaders for sharing your amazing resources.

Thank you to my friends for keeping me grounded and reminding me that I am a good mom.

Thank you to my family for always loving and supporting me.

Thank you, 2020 for allowing me to grow.

Cheers to a new year filled with hope, health, and happiness.

When We Stayed Home: Spotlight and Giveaway

The pandemic is confusing for young children. I was thrilled to see a newly published children’s book that helps families cope with the unprecedented time of loss, frustration, and hope. Learn more about this wonderful book and be sure to enter the giveaway.

Guest Blogger, Tara Fass, and Judith Proffer.

When Covid-19 traveled the globe, we were prompted to stay home, wash our hands frequently, socially distance, and wear masks to remain safe and help the helpers. For children who don’t yet grasp the concept of time and haven’t weathered enough life to understand the art of endurance, it’s been a particularly complicated and sometimes trying time.

When We Stayed Home looks at one young boy’s pandemic journey and through colorful illustrations and heartfelt prose we see how he has used his trusty imagination and childlike creativity to navigate the trials of staying home day after day, becoming a super-helper in the process while missing family, friends, school and the “normal” life he once knew. From decorating adorable toilet paper-shaped sugar cookies, building forts, painting, and doing puzzles to frequent screen dates and dance parties with family and friends, young children will relate to his joys and sadnesses and how they too found connection and even serene moments of happiness while isolating. The book will comfort, entertain, and stir conversation about feelings and experiences the youngest stay-at-homers have experienced during these improbable times.

Get your copy today on Amazon
Author Bio

Written by Tara Fass, LMFT, and Judith A. Proffer, the book was inspired by Proffer’s five-year-old nephew, who continued to find big moments of mirth in-home, nature, adventures, and activities while at times tearfully longing for the virus to go far, far away. Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist Fass has worked with families during the pandemic to navigate its bumpy road with tools, optimism, and hope.

We will be giving away a copy of When We Stayed Home to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

  1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.
  2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag a friend.
  3. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @WhenWeStayedHomeBook, tag two friends in the post.
  4. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy.

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 9/27/20.

Helping Your Children Return to School After Coronavirus Closures

Guest Blogger, Jenna Sherman of Parent-Leaders

None of us were prepared for the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdown, and it’s hard to tell what effect this whole ordeal has had on our children. Now, as schools make plans to reopen, kids and parents have to navigate a whole new set of challenges. Will your children be able to pick up where they left off? Do they need help getting up to speed on their studies? Can you protect your family from COVID-19 when your kids return to their crowded classrooms? Here are some great resources to answer your questions and prepare your kids for a smooth back-to-school transition.

Smoothing the Transition

Your kids may be excited to go back to school, but they may also feel a little overwhelmed by the abrupt change.

  • Encourage your kids to talk about their concerns.
  • Have your children start going to bed earlier a week or two before school starts again.
  • Plan school lunches and weeknight meals ahead of time to reduce household stress.
  • Your child may benefit from the support of a Certified Child Life Specialist.
Learning at Home

Help your children get back on track with their studies by supporting learning at home.

  • Make sure your kids have a calm and quiet place to study at home.
  • Look for teachable moments throughout your daily life.
  • Research at-home educational resources online.
  • Find ways to apply what your kids are learning in school to real-world situations.
  • If you have younger kids, read with them every night.
Avoiding COVID-19

While schools are reopening with special plans in place to protect students and educators, don’t hesitate to take your own COVID-19 precautions. 

  • Send your kids to school with effective hand sanitizer.
  • Make handwashing a fun activity for your kids.
  • Encourage your kids to choose outdoor play when possible.
  • Deep clean and disinfect the surfaces in your home frequently.

It’s okay if your children are worried or anxious about returning to school after such a long and unexpected break. The transition back to school may be easier for some kids than others. Do what you can to help your kids adjust, and they’ll be back in the swing of things soon enough—kids are amazingly adaptable!

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