Parenting at any time can be challenging; parenting during COVID-19 can be even more stressful. Both you and your children may be feeling worried and overwhelmed. It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about COVID-19; how to best support your child as we all navigate disrupted routines and changes to home, school, and work life; and how to make sure you are taking care of yourself during this difficult time.
Below you will find some information and strategies for parents and caregivers, as well as some links to resources you might find helpful. You can also contact the Kelty Centre if you are a parent or caregiver looking for mental health information, resources, or peer support related to your child’s mental health.
- For the latest information about COVID-19, visit the BC Centre for Disease webpage. You will find information about COVID-19 testing for children and youth. There are videos to watch about the testing process so your family knows how to prepare, what to expect, and where to find a COVID-19 collection centre.
- The BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool can help you decide if you need testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or for someone else, if they are not able to.
- If your child is a patient at BC Children’s Hospital, visit the BC Children's website for information and frequently asked questions.