Resources and Activities for a Healthy COVID-19 Summer

Kids are out of school… now what?

Since the beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic, many people have juggled additional and sometimes unfamiliar roles while at home, including caregiver, employee, teacher, entertainer, coach, and virtual tour guide.

As the school year officially comes to a close, the “new normal” is again shifting. Families may be looking at opportunities to explore activities outside the home, while continuing to balance safety and health – physical, mental and emotional.

Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM) researcher Dr. Leslie Roos, a clinical psychologist, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba, is an expert in helping children and families cope with stress. She is currently leading a research study entitled Parenting during the Pandemic to which parents can enroll.

“COVID-19 has created an unprecedented level of stress,” says Dr. Roos. “Our research looks at understanding the impact the pandemic is having on parent’s reported stress, mental health, and support needs.”

Dr. Roos has created some tools to help navigate an uncertain world. Earlier this year she co-authored an article, Eight Tips to Reduce Parenting Stress During the Pandemic, and is now following it up with a handy list of resources for summer activities: During COVID-19: What’s Open.

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