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3 Ways to Support Parents and Caregivers

3 Ways to Support Parents and Caregivers by Tina Agonva

We all know someone who is balancing work, parenting, and self-care while trying to keep worries about COVID-19 at bay.  This can be a challenging time for parents and caregivers. Many have to continue going into work, some may have lost their jobs, and others are attempting to work from home with their children present. 

Here are some helpful ways to support parents and caregivers right now:

You can call, send a text, or video call to see how they’re holding up. Social isolation can lead to depression at times like this. Be reassuring and offer solutions if they ask.

Offer to grab them something from the grocery store. We know it can be difficult to go grocery shopping with children, and that can cause high anxiety for parents and caregivers who may not have a partner to watch the children while they step out.

Virtually play or read a book with their child. This can help parents and caregivers find time to complete tasks. Remind them that they don’t have to do it alone.

These suggestions are helpful no matter what’s going on in the world. Parenting is tough, and it’s up to all of us to build a healthy and safe community for children.

Blog by Tina Agonva, Kentucky Youth Advocates– Photo credit: Meghan Schiereck, Unsplash