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."
At Housman Institute, we believe our role is to nurture the social, emotional, and cognitive well-being of all students and educators without bias. It is critical that every child feel recognized and validated from their earliest days—to understand that their voice matters, regardless of background or experience and is being heard. We listen to, respect and support the needs of our educators as we recognize their critical role in a child's emotional growth and development. Together we need to begin the important work to help all our children and educators, as we move toward a more equitable environment for early learning, setting the stage for the building blocks of empathy and conflict resolution, and a more equitable future for us all. To learn more about how our program works to address equity in early childhood school communities... visit here.