How to Parent during a Pandemic

Even in the best of times, parenting is a juggling act. Throw a global pandemic into the mix-along with the fear, uncertainty, and isolation that comes with it-and you’re suddenly juggling while teetering across a tightrope. Recent studies reveal working parents are experiencing mounting levels of stress as they grapple with choices about their work-life balance, the future of their children’s education, and how to keep their families safe from coronavirus.

To better understand the circumstances facing parents, Boston University child psychologist Nick Wagner has teamed up with other researchers to launch the Families And Children’s Experiences (FACE) of COVID-19 Study. The international study is exploring how COVID-related lifestyle changes are impacting parents and their children in an effort to identify new strategies for families to cope with the crisis. The Brink spoke with Wagner, who is a BU College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences and the director of BU’s Biobehavioral and Social-Emotional Development Lab, about how parents can talk to their children about COVID-19, navigate emotional hardships with their families, and take care of their own mental well-being.

Want more evidence-based tips for living well? Get additional advice from BU researchers by following @BUexperts on Twitter. You can also follow Nick Wagner (@nickjameswagner) directly.

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