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A Parent’s Guide To Responding To COVID-19

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A Parent’s Guide To Responding To COVID-19

Dr Diane Harner, Neuroscientist and Adolescent Counsellor offers her advice on parenting through COVID-19.

We are in an unprecedented time of change and uncertainty as we navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic. Parenting teenagers during stable times can bring its own challenges, but parenting teens in a time of crisis takes our skills and responsibilities to another level.

WHAT’S COVERED:

This webinar is dedicated to answering important questions that parents have around how they support their teen in times of crisis. We cover topics such as:

  • self-regulation and co-regulation to manage big emotions.

  • grounding techniques that we can use to calm down

  • the importance of providing space for teens to express their emotions without judgment.

  • the role of schedule and routine within the context of creating a sense of certainty and control and also regarding home-schooling.

  • social isolation and how to manage your teen’s distress at not being able to connect with their friends in a way that they are used to offer tips as to how you can have the conversation with your teen about the COVID-19 pandemic to maintain, and even enhance, your connection.

DOWNLOAD SUPPORTING INFORMATION:

We have provided some help sheets with details about Grounding techniques, Co-regulation strategies, Conversation starters and also a summary of what you need to know about your teenager’s brain to assist in your parenting.

TIMECODES:

To help you navigate through the webinar the following time stamps show the topic that is discussed at that time.

1:30     What is the first thing that we need to do to support our girls during this crisis?

2:43     Role of self-awareness to support self-regulation

4:00     The role of grounding techniques with examples (Also see Grounding Help sheet)

5:23     Starting the conversation about COVID-19. (Also see Conversation Starter Help sheet)

7:55      The importance of connecting girls with what they can control

8:30     What if our daughter won’t talk to us?

10:30     What changes in behaviour might we see?

12:18     Explanation of how the teen brain works (Also See Neuroscience 101 help sheet)

14:27     The role of co-regulation is supporting our girls to cope (See Co-regulation help sheet)

17:30     The concept of radical acceptance of emotions in the moment

18:00     Finding the balance between accepting emotional expression and healthy interactions

19:20     The major concerns that our girls might have – social isolation, missing out

25:00     The role of schedules and routines and having a rhythm for the day

28:00     Communicating the seriousness of the situation by making it relevant to them

31:20     Diet, sleep, exercise and the benefit of 1 on 1 time

37:18     The power of a parent’s role in modelling healthy behaviours and coping strategies 39:20 What are the positives that we can take out of this crisis?

44:07     Dr Diane Harner’s personal experience being a mum during this crisis.

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