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virtual learning

7 Strategies for Getting Through Virtual Learning During COVID-19

As parents, we are watching our children struggle while we struggle with them. Our children are having a hard time paying attention, finding assignments, completing them, and turning them in via virtual learning.

Dr. Liz Matheis
Unstructured Play

The Beauty of Unstructured Play

Through unstructured play kids can explore in ways we couldn’t have predicted or facilitated and that is a wonderful gift.

Jamie Sumner

The Silver Lining of Telehealth for Complex Families

While many things with the novel Coronavirus have been rough and even just plain awful, the silver linings are there, and telehealth access is a big one for my family.

Alethea Mshar
Post-Election Distress

Post-Election Distress

2020 has been the most interesting year...on several different levels. Not only are we still battling a pandemic but it is also an election year.

Dr. Liz Matheis
new year

There’s Not a Word for This New Year

I don’t have a resolution for this new year because there’s not a word for what I’m feeling. It’s more like a vague sense of expectation...

Jamie Sumner

COVID-19 Mental Health Fatigue

As a world, we are all suffering. We all feel the limits and the fatigue. For many of us, the mental turns into physical fatigue...

Dr. Liz Matheis
stay at home

Dealing With The Stay At Home Blues

These days many are with us, staying home almost entirely, but unlike many, this isn’t our first go-round with sheltering in place. When my son had leukemia we rode out much of his time in treatment by staying at home to keep him safe, and then, like now, concern for the well-being of our family in every way was a source of stress.

Alethea Mshar

Parenting is About Being Good Enough

Parenting is the most difficult job I have ever had. It’s also the most rewarding. But it’s also challenging and exhausting.

Dr. Liz Matheis
COVID exposure

Three Days to Notify Me of My Son’s COVID Exposure is Too Long

The health department did not call until three days after Charlie’s teacher’s initial diagnosis. That is 72 hours of his COVID exposure.

Jamie Sumner
staying home for the holidays

We’ll Be Staying Home For the Holidays

We’re staying home for the holidays...It’s not the first time we’ve made that choice, but instead of doing it because we’re sick, we’re doing it to stay healthy.

Alethea Mshar