10 Strategies for Coping with COVID-19

We talked to teachers, parents and other grandparents raising grandchildren starting the day schools were closed. Here are some thoughts. No one can do all of these! Pick and choose strategies you find most realistic and useful.

# 1 Name that Feeling

March 16, 2020 - In a crisis, we all respond differently and our responses will change over time. There is no right or wrong response to the coronavirus pandemic, no one best or "right way.” How we cope with this next weeks and months will be as diverse as our...

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#2 Establish your “Battle Rhythm”

March 17, 2020 - So how is home schooling going? Do you feel like you may go crazy? As a grandparent raising grandchildren, the coming days will be an especially difficult challenge--kids at home and the world upside down. Every teacher will tell you that the first...

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#3 Make Screen Time Better

March 18, 2020 -- Okay, let’s admit that everybody is struggling with this. As I write this post at 7 am, my son, age 11, is already begging for his Nintendo. Some screen time gives adults a blessed break. Too much screen time for children makes behaviors hard to...

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# 4 Stop, Drop it, Exercise!

March 19, 2020 – As we age, it seems that physical activity goes from being a joy to a chore. Are you up for a little hectoring, nagging, even badgering? For myself, I don’t enjoy being on the receiving end of tough love, but I know that whatever it takes to motivate...

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#5 Hello Out There

March 20, 2020 – The words will chill us for the rest of our lives: “social distancing” and “self-isolating.” As grandparents raising grandchildren, you may feel as though you already have some experience with this, for instance when your old friends lost touch as you...

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#6 Plan Now for the Worst

March 21, 2020 – Of course you are worried. One way to gain a sense of control in these turbulent days is to prepare now for what might happen. What will you do if you or your partner gets sick and needs medical care? As a grandparent raising grandchildren you have...

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#7 Be Surprised by Joy

March 22, 2020 – A little over a year ago I was standing at the window of my hospital room on 7 North. Two am. Waiting for the nurse to come in and hang the next bag of chemo. It had started to snow and even above the beeps, dings and relentless HVAC, I could hear the...

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#8 Grab Moments of Privacy

March 23, 2020 - Cabin fever is a real: Mental health experts tell us that anxiety, extreme frustration, depression can hit three critical components of mental health: our sense of autonomy, our connections to others, and our feelings of competency and ability to...

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#9 Find Your Words

March 24, 2020 - When will this time of trouble be over? Whatever today's confusing graphs and charts tell us, at some point the lines will bend toward the other side. We will come through. And like gold refined in the crucible’s fire, we will be changed. As we tell...

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#10 Use a Trauma-informed Lens

March 25, 2020 – Hurts can hurt again. As a grandparent raising grandchildren, you live with the consequences of childhood trauma even in the best of times. Your grandchildren have endured a lot. You may have experienced trauma yourself. Now you must cope this...

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