Parenting in the time of coronavirus and social distancing – White Mountain Independent

Being the parent of a young child can be stressful under any circumstances, but our current reality makes it even harder. Families have lots of questions, so we reached out to Rebecca Parlakian, ZERO TO THREE’s senior director of programs, for her thoughts and advice for parents with babies, toddlers and preschoolers during this period of social distancing.

Challenging times

“You don’t have to be perfect.”

First Things First: Many families are at home together 24/7 and will be for some time to come. What are the challenges for parents with young children?

Rebecca Parlakian: Social distancing and rules about staying at home have totally changed daily life for many Americans, my family included. No change is easy, and this has been a particularly rapid and difficult change to adjust to. So when I think about what’s challenging for families, the answer is probably: Everything.

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