Parents hug their daughter outside. 

Social relationships and affection from parents are key to a child's healthy development. These resources provide guidance on family activity ideas and staying connected while practicing social distancing.


How to Talk With Children About the Coronavirus (PDF)

Helpful tips for hard conversations, written by Rachel Lawton, PhD of Cincinnati Children’s Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology.

Setting Up and Running an Effective Family Meeting (PDF)

Guidelines on how to conduct a family meeting to effectively discuss family related concerns.

Zero to Three: Why Are People Wearing Masks?

Zero to Three suggests ways for parents to answer questions about masks.

Parent Coronavirus Questions Answered

Zero to Three answers parenting questions about social development, screen time, and more.

Comic for Adolescents Understanding Coronavirus

A comic book for children and teens about the coronavirus, provided by NPR.

How to Talk to Teens and Young Adults About Social Distancing

An article from Psychology Today on how parents can talk to teens and young adults about social distancing.

Helping Children Heal after Trauma - NCTSN

Strategies on how to help young children cope with distress following a crisis.

Positive Parenting Tips by ages (Infant - Teens)

A guide from the Centers for Disease Control with positive parenting tips for caregivers of children 0-18 .

Tips for Communicating Effectively with Your Child

CDC recommendations for talking to your child to promote listening and bonding.

Healthy at Home: Helping Children Understand Their Emotions

A toolkit for parents of young children (infancy-Kindergarten) that provides strategies to foster learning, physical health, and emotional wellbeing during the COVID-19 crisis

How a Parent's Affection Shapes a Child's Happiness for Life

An article from Motherly describing the importance of parent affection in children's emotional development.

Family Centered Activities

A video toolkit from Ready Rosie with ideas for fun and active family time.

The Power of Play

A guide to help parents of 0- to 3-year-olds nurture development through play.

5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve-and-Return Parent-Child Interactions

A guide and video from Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child with strategies for parents to positively interact with their child and boost brain development

Parent Tips on How to Deal with Sibling Rivalry

An article on strategies parents can use to reduce sibling rivalry and conflict within the home