Re-imagined Holidays: Making Positive Memories During a Pandemic (Parents’ Guide)

Black mother and child going through a photo album

Dr. Lindsay Malloy, Co-founder of Pandemic Parenting 

On Halloween night, I watched Pikachu and a baby duckie (aka, my 5-year-old and 3-year-old) run around gathering miniature candy bars that were falling from the sky. It was raining chocolate (hallelujah) because my neighbor was shooting tiny candy bars into the sky with a leaf blower in a dazzling display of social distancing meets trick-or-treating brilliance. I am a 40-year-old woman, and I was pretty giddy about this, so you can imagine how my kids reacted. 

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5 Ways Parents Can Build Resilience & Stamina for Our Pandemic Winter

By Dr. Amanda Zelechoski, co-founder of Pandemic Parenting 

In one of our recent Pandemic Parenting Exchange webinars, world-renowned child psychiatrist and trauma expert, Dr. Bruce Perry, said that what we’re currently experiencing while pandemic parenting is not a sprint or even a marathon. It’s a thru-hike.  

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The Importance of Play for Kids During COVID-19

By Dr. Amanda Zelechoski, co-founder of Pandemic Parenting 

The late renowned psychologist, Jean Piaget, and beloved TV host, Mr. Fred Rogers, were big proponents of the idea that “play is the work of childhood.” Sometimes, as parents, we forget that play is not just an activity kids do to pass the time. Play is actually a critical component of a child’s development and is linked to specific aspects of development, including problem-solving, creativity, cognitive skills, socialization, and language.  

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Self-Care for Parents in 2020 – A Complete COVID 19 Parenting Guide

By Dr. Lindsay Malloy, Pandemic Parenting 

Confessions of a Working Pandemic Parent: I Hate “Self-Care”

I’ll be honest – I hate the term “self-care.” If anyone suggests to me that I just need more self-care in my life, I can feel myself bristle. I scream internally…and I’m a psychologist. 

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A Guide to Making Your Own Gratitude Journal for A Positive Mind

Mother and child journaling on bed

Dr. Lindsay Malloy, co-founder of Pandemic Parenting 

It would be difficult to guess how many interventions that psychologists have tested over the years to try to improve people’s well-being. If you never slept, worked, or did anything else for the next decade (or longer!) you probably couldn’t read every self-help book on the market. Not to mention you could spend a lot of money trying to increase your happiness…especially while pandemic parenting.  

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An Open Letter to Moms Everywhere This Holiday Season

Little girl holding a letter to Dear Mrs. Claus

To Moms Everywhere,

Every day, you do more than any of us can imagine. We thank you for all of the many hats you’ve always worn and for the new hats you’ve had to wear this year. Even when times are tough, you light a spark of joy, imagination and ingenuity in the lives of those around you, especially this time of year. It’s time to acknowledge and celebrate the Mrs. Claus in all of us. It’s time to thank and recognize you as the original giver.   

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Thanksgiving Games for Adults, Kids and Family

Family playing card game around table

I don’t think anybody saw this coming that we would still be living a quarantine kind of life during the holidays. It certainly has me feeling very nostalgic thinking about how I used to spend the holidays as a kid with all my extended family around. We would all cram into my grandma’s house and spread out all over the different rooms to enjoy our Thanksgiving dinner: the kids at a makeshift table and the adults at the main table. After the leftovers were put away and the plates were cleaned, we’d all get together for Thanksgiving games.

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Ideas for Thanksgiving Table Decoration

Decorated Thanksgiving table with turkey, pumpkins, leaves and napkins.

Some people think that Thanksgiving is all about the food, but we know that your design and decor are just as important! To create a festive atmosphere, it all starts at the Thanksgiving table. Your Thanksgiving tablescape can be rooted in tradition or completely customized to your own personal style. Whatever Thanksgiving table setting ideas you choose to adopt, it’ll serve as the backdrop for magical holiday memories with your loved ones. 

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