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Parenting in the Time of Covid-19

Dr. Jemma Helfman, a clinical psychologist working with children, adolescents and their families discusses:

•  The challenges that families are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic
• How to normalize the adjustments that parents are having to make
• Children’s responses to the changes and how to support them
• How to help parents to understand behaviours that they may be finding challenging
• Give parents a simple guideline to follow in responding to the behaviours they find challenging
• Help parents to be aware of their own emotional state and discuss 3 strategies to work on maintaining their own calm

Dr Jemma's Resources 




Tips for Parenting during Covid-19


  • Everybody’s situation is different.  There is no one right way to do this. 


  • The majority of children are likely to be unaffected by the changes.  


  • Try to think of behavior as communication of some kind of need.  How else can you help them get that need met?


  • Connection and maintaining positive relationships are the most important thing at this time and key to increasing the likelihood of children’s cooperation.


  • Praise behaviors you want to see more of (when you see them even if it is not often)


  • Ignore annoying behaviors


  • Intervene if behavior is hurtful.  Calm and re-engage your and your child’s thinking brain.  Keep consequences short, and natural if possible.  


  • Learn and recognize your own warning signs and triggers.  Notice stress rising in your body.  Use relaxation and mindfulness.  Challenge your thinking. 


  • Enlist the help of others virtually if possible. 


Favourite Apps 

  • Headspace: Guided meditation and mindfulness.

  • MindShift: Free evidence-based mental health relief

  • Catch It: Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression

  • CBT-I Coach:  Education about CBT and how sleep works

  • Caribu: Shared activities app for friends and family to entertain kids via video-calling


Favourite Podcasts


Favourite Websites 



Dr. Jemma Helfman, PsyD., C.Psych. 

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