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Parent to Parent: Mental Health Resources during Shelter in Place

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

As we adapt to life under an extended physical distancing protocol, and spend more time at home with our families, it’s incredibly important to attend to our own mental health and to our children’s.  We are lucky to live in a time/area with a number of fantastic resources.  I’ve put together a few of my favorites below.

Leah, Grade 3/4 parent


Blogs/email lists

Alexis Haselberger - Time Management Coach - I love everything she creates - she has some terrific tips for working from home with kids.  She is a scheduling queen.  Subscribe to her mailing list.

Curated List of Coronavirus Reading - The WHO recommends checking the news no more than 1-2 times per day to maintain mental health.  Check out this curated list from Pocket, for the best reads of the day.

Parenting Resources

510 Families - Always a great resource for what to do in the Bay Area.  The mamma owners of this website have totally pivoted with great suggestions when staying at home. 

Berkeley Parents Network - another great resource all the time, they have a page of COVID related questions and answers. 

Common Sense Media - A great resource generally, but they have some great links specifically for this time

Mindfulness/Gratitude Resources

Mindfulness with SuWen - Some of you may have been lucky enough to experience SuWen’s mindfulness classes over the summer!  She is a lovely teacher and is offering many virtual support classes right now (Mandarin and English, Children and Adults). Get on her mailing list.

Greater Good Science Center - run out of UC Berkeley, the GGSC shares research-backed approaches to increased happiness and reduced stress/anxiety.  Check out their website and subscribe to their mailing list.  Lots of good resources for adults and kids right now.