Parenting in 2020 has thrown everything and the kitchen sink at you: all your kids might be back at home, whether they’re 2 or 22. Sudden, intense anxiety about your economic well being. And something about killer hornets? Parenting in a Crisis is MindEDU’s free, science-based course on how to get it together for you and your children even when the world may feel like it’s falling apart. There’s no grade, no long reading assignments, and no mandatory 8 AM videoconferencing. Just short, actionable videos and activities to plug into your real life. There will be quizzes — but trust us, they’re the fun kind.
Parenting in a Crisis. Start here!
As parents, we are facing a challenge unlike any seen in our lifetimes. Understandably, many parents are keeping their children home, away from playing with children who don’t live with them. So there’s a lot more time together, and added stress. But what if this could be a magical, much less stressful time? An opportunity for your child to learn what they most need to learn in a playful, far less stressful way?
Put Your Mask on First - #PYMoF
We are human. And in this time when we especially need it, we are living and surrounded by a culture that does not recognize the first place priority of #PYMoF. It’s unavoidable that we are going to make decisions we regret, lose our tempers, some level of stress is going to occur in our daily experiences and that we’ll get burnt out. Then, the guilt from the regrets just contributes to the stress. It becomes a self-reinforcing cycle. Much like the Eastern philosophies deal with life’s challenges by recognizing they are inevitable and adjusting our expectations, so it is with parenting. So, here’s the first step and one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself: realize that there is no perfect parent. Let go of the need to be; and from the pressure and stress it puts on everyone. Take a deep breath and come along for a ride to give you the gifts you need to be the calm, loving parent you want to be for yourself and your children.
- WATCH: Why Put Your Mask on First? (18:05)
- QUIZ: #PYMoF Introduction (9 Questions)
- WATCH: Part 1, Self-Compassion (14:30)
- QUIZ: Self-Compassion (12 Questions)
- WATCH: Part 2, “How-to”, the Self-Compassion break (8:20)
- QUIZ: The Self-Compassion break (1 Question)
- WATCH: The foundation of self-compassion and the antidote to stress: Mindfulness (13:33)
- QUIZ: Mindfulness (10 Questions)
Embracing Empathy: The Greatest Gift
Empathy is more than a feel-good kumbaya mantra. It’s foundational to raising your child to thrive in even the most chaotic external environments — and it’s the one skill that’s not so “soft” that will help you understand your child as a unique person with his or her own needs. In this section, you’ll learn about how babies form an understanding of the moral architecture of their universe, why simplistic readings of Darwin’s ideas were misused for over a century, and how you can lead by example in fostering empathy as a life skill in your kids. If there’s anything that current events are showing us, empathy is a vital skill at all stages of the life cycle.
- WATCH: At what age do children start making moral judgments? (4:41)
- WATCH: What eats “Survival of the Fittest” for Breakfast? (9:45)
- QUIZ: Teaching Empathy (16 Questions)
Terminating Tantrums in days, at most weeks
Probably the biggest and most frustrating pain point for parents and caregivers and we will show you how to solve it in days!
And Above All: PLAY!
The three most important skills that come out of play: Social skills, Executive functions and Creativity. Basically the MOST important skills children need to foster throughout the balance of their lives.
- WATCH: How being over scheduled affects kids (1:34)
- WATCH: The Decline of Play – Dr. Peter Gray (16:03)
- QUIZ: Decline of Play (7 Questions)
- WATCH: Creativity & Executive Functions (10:47)
- QUIZ: Creativity & Executive Functions (7 Questions)
- WATCH: Teaching Children to Play Fair – Are You Doing it Right? (10:17)
- QUIZ: Fair Play (4 Questions)