Category: Being Your Best Parent

Suffering from screentime guilt? Cut yourself some slack.

Photo: Kelly Sikkema

I remember being pregnant with my daughter (kiddo #1), and having very ambitious plans about what kind of parent I was going to be. Make homemade baby food? Of course! How organic. Sign up for a variety of baby/toddler classes? Yes, swimming and music galore! And screen time? No way! I’m going to be a totally involved, dedicated parent focusing on real-life experiences. Fast-forward slightly to balancing work and life with a kiddo, and in comes the kid-friendly shock...

Posted on February 19, 2021 at 4:55 PM by Liza Balistreri Cahill

Thinking of getting a pandemic pet? Read this first.

Meet Zoomy Zoom, the author's pandemic puppy.

I remember the day my family welcomed Zoomy Zoom into our home. We were filled with anxiety, excitement and love. Yes, you heard that right: our Yorkie Terrier’s name is Zoomy Zoom. We brought our pandemic puppy home on a drizzly March 29. Even though I had been researching hypoallergenic dogs for about a year, the first three months of having Zoomy in our lives were still an adjustment. From the vaccine schedule to the poop collecting to the...

Posted on February 19, 2021 at 4:51 PM by Keisha Mathew

How to separate peacefully

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We are now nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic and have experienced the accompanying challenges and bright spots of quarantine, working remotely, and e-learning. As we acclimate to the new normal, you might be experiencing some clarity in your relationships. Some people are realizing their relationship with their significant other may bring unhappiness rather than satisfaction, or strain rather than ease. Are you staying for the sake of your children? Have you...

Posted on February 19, 2021 at 4:24 PM by Erin Wilson

A child therapist admits to committing these 10 COVID-19 parenting fails

I can hardly believe it myself when I tell people that I have been a pediatric mental health therapist for 12 years now. I mean, that is over a decade of my life! I would say that I don’t know where the time went, but I do. A lot has happened since beginning my professional career. I moved to Chicago, got engaged, and landed my dream job. But what really makes time fly is having kids. Nothing in my life has made me realize just how fleeting life is more than raising children. One day they...

Posted on February 09, 2021 at 12:19 PM by Ritamaria Laird

For young kids, technology should be like ice cream: a sometimes food

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Children are now using media at very young ages. Touchscreen phones or tablets make swiping, tapping, and clicking easy enough for even a 1-year-old to manipulate. Voice-activated speakers allow children to request their favorite songs with simple language commands, and an endless amount of content seems to be at their tiny little fingertips. Add streaming networks, YouTube, video chatting and child-directed apps to the mix, and it becomes clear tha...

Posted on December 16, 2020 at 2:08 PM by Erikson Institute

7 tips for parents of young kids navigating COVID-19

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The devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to mount as parents, caregivers, and families across the country navigate unprecedented challenges. Anxiety and uncertainty have become the norm, and as pandemic fatigue sets in, parents are grappling with ways to support their children’s healthy development and help them cope. 

At Erikson Institute, a graduate school specializing in child development, our mantra is “relationships, relat...

Posted on November 25, 2020 at 2:28 PM by Erikson Institute

Help your kids capture memories of this strange year

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My family isn't counting the days, weeks or even the months anymore, but we are counting the memories.

What began as a couple of weeks holed up at home could have morphed into a lost year. Instead, we chose to begin each day with the question, What memories are we creating today? Capturing those memories—both joyous and challenging—has become central to our daily lives. Here are some easy ways you can help your kids record feelings and milestones s...

Posted on October 20, 2020 at 1:49 PM by Fiona Royer

Can we build anti-racist communities?

With the reemergence of the Black Lives Matter movement and other efforts to challenge racism in our society, there has been a push to support Black businesses. Families all over Chicago have poured in their money and support to local owners as a part of the national allyship for the Black Lives Matter movement. This support is not only coming from individuals, it’s also coming from multi-billion dollar companies like Netflix and Grubhub.

It is much needed for Black businesses because ...

Posted on October 06, 2020 at 1:43 PM by Keisha Mathew

How to handle remote learning while co-parenting

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Co-parenting is always a balancing act, but add your child's remote learning into the mix and you could have a real challenge on your hands.

As always, communication is key. Each parent should be informed on what the back to school process looks like and all available options, knowing that with COVID-19, recommendations and options are changing every day. Discuss with your co-parent the concerns you each have as it pertains to healthcare, y...

Posted on August 31, 2020 at 10:33 AM by Erin Wilson

How to become an anti-racist parent

 

Since the pandemic began, it has been hard to deny that racism continues to hinder people of color’s well being. Asian Americans have faced harassment and even violence with the tacit approval of the president, since he referred to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” and later the “Kung Flu.” Additionally, we’ve seen the harmful consequences of our modern lifestyle of convenience on communities of color. People of Latinx and African descent are disproportionately the drivers delivering o...

Posted on August 03, 2020 at 2:35 PM by Keisha Mathew