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As the Pandemic Trudges On, What to Say to Our Kids

Experts say questions from kids are going to continue to challenge parents as the pandemic lingers and kids, like adults, experience ‘pandemic fatigue. Read more »

How Difficult ‘Day After’ Discussions with Students Can Help Them Process the Present and Prepare for the Future

Staring at the faces of the middle school teachers on her computer screen, Principal Laina Cox felt the tears welling up — again. They were discussing an email she’d sent the night before. The subject line read: “Living history.”

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Infinite Hope — Observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2021

Written by Ramsey Khasho, PsyD

Dear Friends,

Many of us are delighted by the idea of a 3-day weekend. Whether it’s sleeping in, organizing the garage, reading a good book, going on a hike or trying out a new recipe, we’ve an endless list of ways to spend the extra day off, even in a pandemic. Especially in a pandemic. More than ever, we need the extra time for self-care and rest and reflection; our bodies and minds exhausted from the endless barrage of fear and bad news.

But I urge you to add one more thing to your mental list of ways to spend this precious day. We all know today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Read more »

African-American Heroes [web resource]

Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., never backed down in his stand against racism. National Geographic Kids takes us on a multimedia journey through history to learn more about Dr. King and other African-American heroes. Read more »

Why You Should Still Wear A Mask And Avoid Crowds After Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine

It may seem counterintuitive, but health officials say that even after you get vaccinated against COVID-19, you still need to practice the usual pandemic precautions, at least for a while. Read more »

Sesame Street — Wear a Mask with Oscar [video]

Oscar the Grouch encourages kids to wear a mask in public in this humorous 30-second public service announcement. Read more »

COVID-19 Vaccines Are Here — What You Need to Know [web resource] [downloadable]

COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. California is prioritizing vaccines for equitable distribution to everyone who wants it. The state expects to have enough supplies to vaccinate most Californians in all 58 counties by summer 2021. Read more »

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers [downloadable]

High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has developed recommendations for talking about protests, unsettling information and violent events. Read more »

10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids About Race [downloadable]

These tips, developed by EmbraceRace in partnership with MomsRising, are designed to help parents of all backgrounds talk to and guide their children about race early and often by lifting up age-appropriate activities that can be incorporated easily into your daily life. Read more »

7 Books To Help Address and Discuss Tough Topics With Kids

2020 was — to borrow a phrase from a popular kid’s book — a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. And for parents, one of the year’s hardest jobs was trying to explain current events to young kids. Read more »

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