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Parenting in a Pandemic

Parents are juggling a lot right now as they navigate the competing demands of work, parenting, and schooling during COVID-19. While each family faces a unique set of challenges, all parents need additional support right now as they work to stay connected to their kids and navigate the unique stressors of this moment.

This webinar series is designed to build on parents’ strengths, deliver practical strategies for navigating challenges, and strengthen our connections during a challenging time. In these interactive online sessions, Erin will translate the research into practical strategies and deliver affirmation and tools when parents need them most.

Presenter: Erin Walsh, Spark & Stitch Institute


Staying Engaged in Learning and Work: The Science of Motivation

February 24, 2021      •      7:00 – 8:00 PM CST
You don’t have to go far on the Internet these days to find tips for how to “stay productive” during the pandemic and ideas for how to motivate kids despite changing routines and high uncertainty. The reality on the ground though is that productivity and high motivation become more elusive as the pandemic wears on. Understanding the science of motivation can help us keep our eyes on how to nurture it in our kids – not just for the sake of getting more done but for everyone’s mental health and well-being.


Screen time During COVID-19: Three Supportive Insights From the Research to Guide Your Parenting Today

March 24, 2021      •      7:00 – 8:00 PM CST
Our reliance on screens has increased as school, socializing, and work move online. It is not useful to add screen time guilt to your list of family stressors. Yet working parents everywhere are eager to do what’s best for their kids and are worried about the impact of technology on their kids’ learning and social emotional development. Get key insights from the research that will help you navigate screen time struggles and take advantage of digital opportunities while minimizing risks.


Parenting in a Pandemic: Setting Limits and Avoiding Power Struggles

April 28, 2021      •      7:00 – 8:00 PM CST
Parenting and working at home during COVID-19 is challenging and we can quickly get pulled into conflict and power struggles with our kids. During times of stress, it can be hard to know when to be flexible and when to hold the line. Learn more about why kids and teens need boundaries in uncertain times and how to be both flexible and firm when your kids need it most.


Loosen But Don’t Let Go: Helping Teens Cope With COVID

May 26, 2021      •      7:00 – 8:00 PM CST

Parenting teens is not always easy. Parenting them during a pandemic? Even harder. COVID is uniquely mismatched for the developmental needs of your teen. Plus the list of stressors this past year has been long and varied. The challenge is that teens sometimes express stress through challenging behaviors that can undermine connection and increase conflict. In this interactive session, Erin Walsh will identify three common beliefs about teenagers that derail connection and new beliefs and strategies to get back on track. Drawing on the science of the teenage brain, parents will leave this workshop feeling understood, affirmed, and prepared to support their teens during this rocky transition. 

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