Summer 2020 Parenting Guide: Coping and Connecting in Tough Times

Parents tell us times are tougher than ever before. Tensions from ongoing stay-at-home orders, health concerns, and financial hardship surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are part of daily life. Sorrow and anger surrounding racial inequity and social injustice are ongoing. Worries and uncertainty about the future continue.

Stress is a by-product of what parents are dealing with. That stress can lead to flaring tempers in families.

In this Parenting Guide, we explore ways to cope and to create connections in these extraordinary times. We’ll examine the development of frustration management from birth through age five, offering age-appropriate interventions and resources to help children develop conflict resolution skills. And for young and old, we offer ideas to support racial and social equity as a family, strategies for playing a role in social activism, and ways to cultivate self-compassion to resolve conflicts, improve relationships, and create change.

First 5 LA wants to help parents advocate for their children and families. In this Parenting Guide, we offer a new feature, Get It Done, to help parents cut through challenges, connect to services, and get what their children need. In preparation for back-to-school season, we’re highlighting the importance of developmental screenings.

But first –– it’s summer! In this issue, learn how to make an easy homemade frozen treat with kids, create a recycled craft, and find special activities to enjoy the season safely. And to help kids continue at-home learning, we offer book ideas and more. From the families of First 5 LA to yours, here’s to a fun, safe, and peaceful summer.

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