Resources for parenting during a pandemic


By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports

This week on Idaho Reports, I talked to Dr. Roger Olson, a psychologist with St. Luke’s Children’s Center for Neurobehavioral Medicine. He offered up a list of resources for parents and guardians who are concerned about their children’s mental and emotional well-being. For the full interview, watch this week’s Idaho Reports. Idaho Reports airs Fridays at 8 pm on Idaho Public Television, and is available online after it airs at

PDF: Parenting For Strong Minds: 3 Keys To Healthy Child Development by Dr. Roger Olson

Video: The Story of the Oyster and the Butterfly: The Coronavirus and Me, by Ana Gomez


Books on parenting:
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman

Brain-Based Parenting by Daniel Hughes

The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina PayneThe Explosive Child by Ross Greene is an additional recommended resource for parents that focuses on establishing a collaborative problem-solving approach with children who exhibit behavior difficulties.

Mindfulness Skills for Kids and Teens by Debra Burdick gives good strategies for building emotion regulation skills.

Parenting that Works: Building Skills that Last a Lifetime by Edward Christophersen and Susan Mortweet offers many useful ideas for developing self-soothing or self-quieting skills.

Books on managing anxiety in children:
Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance by Christopher McCurry

Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child’s Fears, Worries, and Phobias by Tamar E. Chansky

Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents by Ronald M. Rapee

In addition, PBS Kids offers online resources for parents: How To Talk To Your Kids About Coronavirus. 


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