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April 2020

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Birthdays in the time of COVID-19

My birthday is Nov. 27. It’s 1981, if you really want to know. Every year for my birthday growing up, my parents let me pick where we could go out to eat for dinner. I usually picked Oak Park Mall’s food court. It was the 80s and my parents had four kids, spaced two years apart. We rarely went out to eat. The mall and the food court was a favorite choice because that meant we could shop in the mall, too. We would come home for cake and ice cream and I would open presents from the family.

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Easy ways to entertain your toddler at home

As a working mom that made that choice, I have never truly realized how challenging it can be to entertain your toddler until recently. I have a deeper respect for our educators and stay-at-home moms more than ever for their patience and creativity! You all deserve a medal, seriously.

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How parents can make a healthier environment for healthier kids (on Earth Day and every day)

This Earth Day, like a lot of days lately, looks different this year. With social distancing and other public safety measures in place, we won’t be spending time in community gardens, planting trees with neighbors, or gathering to celebrate. However, there is still a lot we can do to combat the effects of climate change right where we are.

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Teens and social media during stay-at-home orders

With the stay-at-home orders in place, as an active participant, we have all given up a lot. But, in the eyes of a teenager, it probably seems even greater if you factor in proms, graduations, athletic events, concert performances, college campus visits, parties and just hanging out with friends.

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Ways to curb frustration as a social-distancing parent

With the coronavirus pandemic, children are home all the time! Which is safe, but that means parents aren’t just parents - they are now teachers, caretakers, chefs, entertainers, housekeepers and everything else to their child. It’s a lot for anyone to manage.

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Today’s forecast: Springtime storms and possible anxiety

April showers bring May flowers. But they can also bring bouts of anxiety. It’s normal for storms to be a little scary, but when does that become something to be concerned about? When a child’s reactions to the pending threats of harmful weather are so strong the child feels one or a combination of symptoms such as feeling paralyzed, has a panic attack, is clingy, restless, cries, is scared, runs away, hides, seeks shelter, has a racing heart, shortness of breath or tingly hands, then anxiety is a true concern.

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Supporting teens through the COVID-19 pandemic

The role of a parent of a teenager can feel more like being an Uber driver than an actual caregiver. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, stay-at-home orders are in place and all those events are on hold. While your parenting duties have likely shifted with the recent stay-at-home orders, you are likely wanting to find ways to support teens who feel lost with extra time and limited social interaction.

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Anxiety and depression red flags while social distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to repeatedly hear the words – quarantine, isolation and social distancing. Although social distancing tactics show the highest rate of success against the coronavirus, these measures can also impact the mental health of our children. The uncertainty around this time of school closings and social distancing can lead to anxiety and depression. Here are some signs to look for and tips to help everyone in your household get through this stressful time safely.