A message to parents and caregivers About Coronavirus

As a state and a nation we continue dealing with both doing our part to curb the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic and balancing our roles as caregivers, providers and support systems for families. Many changes have happened very quickly over the past several weeks in our homes, schools, workplaces and communities. We're adjusting to how we live, work, learn and play... and your incredible resiliency is inspiring. It's hard to be a parent on the easiest days. You and your families should be proud of the work you're doing, both inside and outside the home.

We encourage you to continue the work you're doing to keep your families and communities healthy, connected and safe during the coronavirus outbreak. Relaxing rules around screen time, including youth in conversations about why and how we wear masks, practicing social distancing and setting and reinforcing positive boundaries are all still great ways to manage stress.

As we move forward, remind yourself that there is no such thing as a perfect parent or child, and no parenting advice that works for every family, every time. You will need time away from your kids. You'll need a break from parenting 24/7. You'll need to know when the stress is too much and when to ask for help. Never forget that asking for help from your support system is one of the strongest things you can do as a parent, and that your support system, whether it's family or friends, are always there to help you.

The coronavirus has rewritten the rules on how we support each other, but the care and concern we have for each other hasn't changed. Continue reaching out to your neighbors, members of your congregation, friends and other community organizations to offer support from running errands to lending a listening ear.

Keep on being resilient and resourceful. Use this site and its many parenting tips, Coronavirus Resources and Real Talk advice to guide you as we enter the next phase of this journey together. And don't forget, help is always available. If you feel overwhelmed, upset or unable to control things, be a hero for your family and visit our Resource Finder.

Again, you're not alone. Parenting is hard, but it's worth it.

Some helpful resources include:

Call 2-1-1, option 6, for COVID-19 help and information

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