Parenting during the coronavirus pandemic

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Insight, advice, and tips for talking about COVID-19 with your kids and helping your whole family cope during these uncertain times.

Tips for parenting during coronavirusParenting in the age of COVID-19

As families grapple with an ever-changing normal, anxiety can escalate. Boston Children's has answers to six common parenting challenges.

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Symptoms of COVID-19

Check your child's symptoms
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COVID-19 testing

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Preventing the spread of COVID-19

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Preparing for the next new normal

Preparing for the Next New Normal: Episode 1

Preparing for the Next New Normal: Episode 2

Preparing for the Next New Normal: Episode 3

Preparing for the Next New Normal: Episode 1

Preparing for the Next New Normal: Episode 2

Preparing for the Next New Normal: Episode 3

Preparing for the Next New Normal: Episode 4

Preparing for the Next New Normal: Episode 4


Infants and toddlers

Should you hire a babysitter during COVID-19?Should you hire a babysitter during COVID-19? Six tips to consider

If you're considering hiring a babysitter during COVID-19, here are some tips to guide your efforts to make sure your family stays safe.

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School-aged children

Covid anxiety in kidsAnxiety in kids during COVID-19: What parents should know

As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, its effects on anxiety have become increasingly noticeable — especially in children and teens.

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Talking to your kids about coronavirus

It’s okay to be scared: Talking about COVID-19 with your kids

Get tips to help you have conversations with your kids, from the experts on the COVID-19 Resilience Team in Boston Children's Department of Psychiatry.

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Eight tips to get your kids on a good sleep schedule

Eight tips to get your kids on a good sleep schedule

Sleep problems are common in children of all ages during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn eight tips to help your kids sleep.

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Keeping kids busy during lockdowns

Keeping Kids Busy: Episode 1

Keeping Kids Busy: Episode 2

Keeping Kids Busy: Episode 3

Keeping Kids Busy: Episode 1

Keeping Kids Busy: Episode 2

Keeping Kids Busy: Episode 3

Keeping Kids Busy: Episode 4

Keeping Kids Busy: Episode 4


Return to school during the COVID-19 crisis

The “Boston Children’s Return to School COVID-19 Tool” is a simple web-based tool parents can use each day before their student attends school. Based on their responses, parents will be provided guidance on whether or not their student should attend school that day and directed to COVID-19 resources.

Use the tool

What families should know for safe return to in-person school

Read our tips on what you need to know about communicating with school and steps to avoid prevention of COVID-19 in schools

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Answers to your questions about going back to school

School and Kids with Special needs

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School and Kids with Special needs

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Preparing your kids for the new school year during COVID-19

There are still many questions around what the school year will look like during COVID-19. Our experts offer tips to help your kids prepare.

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COVID-19 Tips for getting through the rest of this school year

Tips for getting through the school year

Many parents are feeling frustrated as they try to adapt to home learning in the age of coronavirus. Social worker Sue Costello offers some survival tips.

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back to school with divorced parents

Back to school and COVID-19: Tips for divorced parents

In the midst of COVID-19, we face one of the most complicated back-to-school seasons ever. Here are some tips how parents can work together to help their kids feel safe and secure about returning to school.

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COVID-19 and IEPs: Education for children with special needs

School closures during COVID-19 have been especially hard on kids with individualized education plans (IEPs). What parents can do.

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What schooling is available to my child during the COVID-19 crisis?
What if my child receives special education services?
Can my child get direct services at home?
Can we still have our scheduled IEP/504 meeting? Can I schedule a new meeting?
If a meeting is delayed, does my child still have an IEP/504 Plan?
How can I access online learning if I don’t have a laptop/tablet/computer/internet connection?
I’m worried my child is going to lose skills during this time. How will they catch up?
What resources are available to help me if I have trouble accessing Special Education?

If your child is a patient of Boston Children’s hospital, contact your specialty clinic for questions about education services. You may also be able to set up a virtual visit with a member of your child’s care team. Find your clinic.


Teens and young adults

Testing covid in teensTesting the COVID-19 vaccines in teens: Is it safe?

Some drug companies are starting to test COVID-19 vaccines on teens. Our experts answers questions about the safety of doing so.

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How to talk about covid-19 with friends

Teens and young adults: Is it time for a 'COVID-19 talk' with your friends?

If you're planning to get together with friends during the pandemic, use these tips to help make you feel comfortable.

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Preventing acne while wearing a mask

Behind the mask: How to prevent and treat mask-related acne in children and teens

Wearing a mask is very effective at helping prevent the spread of COVID-19, but it can also trigger a host of skin problems, including acne.

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Coping with COVID and sports

Helping athletes cope with the emotional rollercoaster of COVID-19

Mental skills to help athletes cope with the emotional ups and downs of COVID-19, and possibly come out stronger.

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Expanding your circle social

Expanding Your Social Circle: Episode 1

Expanding Your Social Circle: Episode 2

Expanding Your Social Circle: Episode 1

Expanding Your Social Circle: Episode 2

Caring for your mental health

Supporting your child’s mental health: Episode 1

Supporting your child’s mental health: Episode 2

Supporting your child’s mental health: Episode 1

Supporting your child’s mental health: Episode 2