Helping juggling parents during COVID-19

04/29/2020
Trying to keep everything up in the air and raise a family.

COVID-19 has changed all of our lives. If you’re a parent of school-aged children, you may feel an extra burden of stress and anxiety. Overnight, you are teachers, counselors and health educators while nurturing your families. You may also be juggling other work responsibilities or struggling to make ends meet after losing your job. It’s an enormous burden, but you’re not alone. Here are a few ideas to help you get through each day.

Take care of yourself

  • Developing and sharing healthy coping strategies is important for your own sanity. It’s also great for kids to learn from you as you model self care. Meditation and mindfulness can help. You can even do this as a family.
  • Schedules are helpful but should be flexible to give everyone important downtime. Here’s how a local parent helps their family be productive and find meaning: something for your brain, your body, your spirit and for someone else.
  • Try to limit alcohol use so you can sleep better.

Keep your family safe

Play dates with friends, unless virtual, are not a good idea.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides a great checklist here for individuals and families on safe practices during the pandemic. Make hand washing fun with these tips.

Helpful Resources:

  • Free internet to qualified customers.
  • Need groceries? Check out CHA Connect for local food resources. Also, you may be eligible for WIC or SNAP to support your family. Contact your children’s school for more information about school lunches.
  • Relief Funds: Massachusetts Jobs for Justice can help you access Emergency Relief Funds, regardless of immigration status.
  • For immigrants: CHA’s immigration resource page offers links to many resources to help undocumented immigrants. No matter your immigrant status you should seek treatment if you need care.

Useful Parental Resources

Cambridge Health Alliance

Contributed By: Cambridge Health Alliance

Cambridge Health Alliance is an academic community health care system committed to serving all members of our communities. We have expertise in primary care, mental health and substance abuse, and caring for diverse and complex populations. CHA patients receive high quality care in convenient neighborhood locations, and have seamless access to advanced care through CHA’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. With over 140,000 patients in Cambridge, Somerville Everett and Boston’s Metro North, CHA is working hard to offer the integrated services its communities need now, and in the future.