COVID-19 blog series Postpartum mental health is a crucial piece of the family mental health landscape. Parental stress and depression can impede parent-child interactions, impacting children’s social-emotional and language development. Untreated maternal depression can increase the risk of child maltreatment…
COVID-19 blog series I had the privilege last month to speak on The Lisa Show on Brigham Young University's Radio, a nationally syndicated show for parents, about independent play for kids. As a policy and research organization, ICS does a…
A racial awakening occurred in summer 2020 that has seen communities wrestle with a reckoning that, at this moment, feels unprecedented. We, at ICS, acknowledge that this moment is centuries overdue.
In the midst of a global pandemic, rising unemployment and economic instability, it is ongoing racial injustice that has propelled the civil unrest we have all witnessed over the past few weeks. “The painful and frustrating reality is that all the children are not well. In too many instances, Black children are not well.” The next Black child to die due to the color of their skin could easily be one of the children whom we at ICS are committed to serving and advocating on behalf of today.
Over the last week, ICS collected responses to a survey of child care providers in South Carolina to better understand how the spread of COVID-19 – and the resulting economic impacts – are affecting the child care sector. The child care sector is essential to the health and well-being of millions of South Carolina families and to our economy as a whole.
Children are currently cut off from in-person interactions with many concerned individuals who may notice that something is amiss, from teachers to coaches to clergy to extended family members.
…go to sleep and wake up at consistent times, set timeframes for meals, and create chunks of time for major activities such as work-related, school-related, physical exercise, connecting with others through technology, and family entertainment and playing...Dress for the social life you desire, not necessarily the more limited social life you have during this period of time. Put on some bright colors—how we dress can impact our mood and feelings about the day.
The Centers for Disease Control also notes that it is important to watch how children behave and react, and not just focus on conversations. The manifestations of stress can differ by individual child and by age, but some key signs to watch out for which merit additional intervention or care include: