Parenting During a Pandemic

Fun Tools to Help Families Survive (and Thrive) During the Coronavirus

Updated 04/06/20

parenting resources during the COVID-19 pandemic

Reading together is a great way to connect with your children.

Remember that movie “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray? It’s the story of a man who is stuck reliving the same day over and over again, until he gets it right.

Being at home with kids during this pandemic could feel like that. You’re trying to keep the kids active and doing some homeschooling, while also cooking healthy meals and keeping the house from descending into total chaos. And you’re doing it day, after day, after day. But here’s a little secret — there is no “right” way to do this.

However, we can stay present and engaged with our kids and find joy and laughter together that will buffer us against the stresses of living in an uncertain time. To help you, the CMH Pediatric Clinic’s Misty Bottorff, LCSW, compiled this list of resources.

Online Learning Resources

For All Ages

For Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers (0-4 years)

  • Kinedu: Baby and toddler development activities (0-4 years)
  • Vroom: Brain-building activities for babies and toddlers (0-3 years)
  • Zero to Three: Developmental activities and information (0-3 years)

For Elementary-Age Kids (5-11 years)

  • Miss Megan’s Camp Kindergarten: Virtual kindergarten activities every day at 9am (3-7 years)
  • Starfall: Online educational games, books, and videos (K-3rd grade)
  • Funbrain: Online educational games, videos, and books for kids (K-8th grade)
  • Noggin: Learning website from Nickelodeon (3-7 years)
  • PBS Kids: Educational resources for kids (3-9 years)
  • Club SciKidz: Online science activities (K-5th grade)

For Middle- and High-School Kids (12-18 years)

  • Scholastic: Homeschool resources for kids of all ages (PreK-9th grade)
  • Khan Academy: Homeschool resources (2-18 years)
  • Math at Work: Math worksheets and resources for kids of all ages (K-12th grade)
  • Elemental Science Experiments: At home science experiments for children of all ages (K-12th grade)
  • Funbrain: Online educational games, videos, and books for kids (K-8th grade)

Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19

Mental Health Resources

Especially for teens

Virtual Playdate Platforms

  • Caribu: Online app to arrange playdates for children
  • Marco Polo: Online app to arrange playdates for children
  • Skype: Virtual meeting platform
  • FaceTime: Virtual meeting platform for iPhones or iPods

Online Art Activities

Virtual Field Trips

Indoor Physical Activities