Founder & CEO of Housman Institute and clinical psychologist, Donna Housman, Ed.D was requested by Boston Parent's Paper to comment on how to help your child manage and cope with their emotions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"As we know, COVID-19 is stressful. Fear and anxiety about any disease — let alone one that brings with it acute and indiscriminate illness, social isolation, financial strain and even job insecurity — can result in overpowering emotions in all of us.
For young children, we as their parents need to be not only sensitive and responsive to their emotions, but also help them learn how to manage their emotions so that they can better cope with the stress, anxiety, and uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic brings.
How exactly can we do that? As a longtime clinical psychologist, founder of an early childhood center and developer of an evidence-based program that helps children develop critical emotional, cognitive, and social competencies for lifelong learning and mental health, I have found these four principles to be instructive in helping children when they are struggling to cope."