PW! Update 6-16-2020
Children May Be Afraid of Masks. Here’s How to Help.
Experts suggest acclimating children to masks at home and drawing a connection to superheroes’ uniforms.
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By Perri Klass, M.D. April 13, 2020
When you go out these days, if you must go out in this time of coronavirus, you see more and more masks — homemade fabric masks, surgical masks of all varieties, and the occasional high-tech mask that seems to have wandered out of a scuba sequence or a space movie.
But for some children, even the humblest of masks can be scary — scary in themselves, and scary as reminders of the threat of infection, and the generally frightening times through which we are living. There are children who find Halloween frightening, children who hate clowns, children who react badly to anyone without a standard human face. Roberto Olivardia, a lecturer in psychology at Harvard Medical School, said that as many as 1 percent of children may suffer from “maskaphobia,” a fear that persists for longer than six months, usually thought of in relation to costumes and superheroes.
But for many children, seeing their parents wearing masks as they come and go, or going outside, even with full social distancing, in a world where most people are wearing masks, can be disconcerting, frightening or just one more source of sadness.
One reason children may find masks disconcerting is that the ability to recognize — and read — faces is much weaker in young children than it will be by adolescence. A while ago, when I wrote about this ability, I spoke with Kang Lee, a professor of applied psychology and human development at the University of Toronto, who studies the development of facial recognition skills in children.
How to Help Siblings Get Along
After months of being confined to home, even the most cooperative siblings are likely to be getting on each other’s (and their parents’) nerves. And as we start a summer like no other — with many camps, sports and other summertime activities cancelled — a lot more family togetherness is in store. What can parents do to help kids get along without constantly playing referee?This week on childmind.org we explore strategies for reducing conflict between siblings and helping kids make the most of each other’s company in this transitional time. And for parents of young children, our experts spell out how to help preschoolers develop independence, whether it’s doing chores or playing by themselves, giving you a little more time to yourself, too. Read more here...
Montessori-inspired play spacePRESCHOOL
Summer is here and it's the perfect time to get outside with your little one. Outdoor play time can help your child focus on new and exciting experiences in nature. Whether it's filling a bucket with rocks to carry around the yard and exert maximum energy or planting some seeds to watch them grow, setting up a Montessori-inspired outdoor play space provides a rich environment for fun and learning.
But don't overthink it, mama. A Montessori space can be organized and set up similar to an indoor play space with a few adjustments for size and safety. Some families like to have exposed shelves on a patio to store just a few items at a time while other designate bins or lower areas of a shed for their little ones toys and materials.
NEWS / RESEARCH
21 Anti-Racism Videos To Share With Kids
These videos help to explain complex topics to young audiences.
Jeanne Croteau on June 9, 2020
The United States has a racism problem. The idea of tackling such complicated and hurtful topics in our homes and classrooms is daunting, but we can’t look away. We MUST face it. Fortunately, we live in a time when technology provides resources, such as the anti-racism videos below, designed to support us as we navigate these difficult and painful conversations.
For Parents and Educators
It’s crucial that you feel confident and prepared to lead important discussions about what it means to be not only “not racist,” but resolutely anti-racist. Here are some resources to help you get ready.
For Kids and Students
Whether you’re curled up with your kids at home or leading a group of students, here are some educational anti-racism videos to help get the conversation started.
See complete article with links to all videos here...
5 films to Indigenize your watch-at-home movie list -Searching for fresh entertainment during the pandemic? Try these Indigenous-centered movies.
Shea Vassar May 12, 2020
Over the last few months, as COVID-19 changed day-to-day life in communities under stay-at-home orders, quarantined people have been spending an inordinate time at, well, home. People across the world are streaming movies and shows at an all-time high as they find ways to entertain themselves. Indigenous-centered cinema is a requisite to any movie-watching list, featuring storylines that only Indigenous actors and directors could imagine and produce.
Here are five films from the last decade that showcase Indigenous talent. They should be on your quarantine watchlist, whether they’re new to you or a revisitation of a classic: Note: you may want to screen before sharing with youth.
Anxiety occurs in women at nearly twice the rate of men, and pregnant and postpartum women are at especially high risk.
Hormones may play a role, and women and girls face unique societal pressures that can put them at greater risk for anxiety, including sexual harassment and assault, experts says. New guidelines call for all adult and adolescent women and girls to be screened for anxiety disorders beginning at age 13.
Equity has long been a problem in American education.
In many ways, the issues playing out between police and communities of color — including implicit bias and overly harsh punishment — are playing out in schools, too. Here are four things to know about how racial inequity affects the nation's schoolchildren.
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