COVID and Kids: Keeping Them Happy and Healthy

May 5, 2020
If you’re living with school-aged children or teenagers, you know—all too well—how the coronavirus pandemic wiped out their academic year and challenged their friendships. And, by now, you’ve become accustomed to e-learning, socially distanced play dates, and a lot more family dinners.

But you’re probably also concerned about the possible emotional toll COVID-19 is taking on your kids. Surely, the disappointment of having their lives upended will affect them, and you’d like to know what to do about it.

We asked two of our child and adolescent psychology experts about those concerns and got some anxiety-easing answers, as well as a set of great tips to help you help your children maintain good mental health during these challenging times.

“I think a lot of kids are doing pretty well,” said Dr. DeLynn Williams of Hancock Counseling and Psychiatric Services. “They’ve been adjusting pretty well to the online classes. And they’re very ingenious, so they’re doing FaceTime and Zoom meetings with their friends. That helps them connect.”

To give them (and you) added peace of mind, Dr. Williams and Hancock Health social worker Christy Harpold gave us few ideas for helping your children navigate COVID-19:

While the effects of COVID-19 are being felt by everyone, including kids, the good news is that experts agree: Children are resilient. The tips above should help you keep them positive and learning until their regularly scheduled activities resume. If you have questions, please contact us and, remember, we are all in this together!

Dr. DeLynn Williams’ office is at Hancock Counseling and Psychiatric Services, 120 W. McKenzie Road, Suite F, Greenfield. She can be reached at 317-468-6200. Christy Harpold is a social worker at Hancock Pediatrics, 300 E. Boyd Ave., Suite 250, Greenfield. She can be reached at 317-467-4500.

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