Trying to Figure Out Safe Childcare Options at this time of COVID-19?

The state of NH has adopted emergency childcare guidelines for providers during this time of COVID-19. Childcare Aware New Hampshire‘s website is updated regularly with detailed information for both families and childcare providers. 

Do you have a question that’s not addressed?  Feel free to reach out to Milford Thrives for help.  


Parenting Challenges & Support

“When it comes to daily life during the coronavirus crisis, we’re all making it up as we go along. It’s not going to be the same for everyone. How you cope will depend, in part, on how old your kids are, how independent they can be and what your work situation is…”

Single parenting can make these times even more challenging…

If Milford Thrives can help parents in anyway, please don’t hesitate to contact us: email: joelle@milfordthrives.org;  or text/call 603-836-4356.


Parenting Resources during the COVID19 pandemic


Family Support Line

Waypoint recently launched a free Family Support Warm Line phone-in service. This support phone-in service has been established as a resource during this time of social distancing for parents and families.  Call to connect to professionals who can help with everything from coping strategies, child behaviors, family dynamics, household management and emotional distress … to gaining access to tools, resources, and services that can help navigate life during challenging times.

Looking for advice? 

Or just a trusted, nonjudgmental ear?

Either way, reach out — Waypoint is happy to be a resource! 

Thank you to Waypoint for offering this key family support service for families during this stressful time.


Other key COMMUNITY LINKS:

SHARE is a central point of assistance supported by a loving, giving community that believes everyone deserves a helping hand when in need.

If you are impacted by food shortage or have questions about financial assistance during this trying time of the Coronavirus, reach out to SHARE via phone:   603-673-9898


Looking for other resources?Don’t hesitate to contact Milford Thrives Community Connector

Age appropriate answers to your children’s COVID-19 questions

Even if you’ve kept your toddler away from news about COVID-19 in the media or overhearing adult conversations, they are bound to have questions. Here are some age-appropriate responses to the common questions a toddler might have.


Supporting your child’s emotional well-being 

The folks at Child Find have a variety of resources to help you support your young child’s emotional well-being during this trying time.  


Parents Guide to the Coronavirus

Parenting magazine provides guidance for what parents can do right now to prepare for the coronavirus.  Here is a link to their Parents Guide to Coronavirus.


Looking for a specific resource?  Wondering which service provider does what?

Reach out to Milford Thrives Community Connector


YOU have what it takes!!

 

Did you know that parents and caregivers already have what it takes to become brain builders with their children?

This inspiring video illustrates this concept and introduces an early learning initiative called Vroom.

The VROOM app is free and can be downloaded to your phone, or you can sign up to receive daily tips via text. For more information, visit VROOM.org


SERVE AND RETURN

  • What is “serve and return” and how does “serve and return” build a baby’s brain?  Watch this video from the Center for the Developing Child. 
  • How can parents engage in serve and return ‘brain building’ for babies and young children?  Watch this video. 

Welcome Baby!

Milford Thrives continues to welcome newborns to our community with our complimentary Welcome Baby gifts. We’re so happy to celebrate with you and welcome your little one to the community!

Milford families with newborns will now receive complimentary Welcome Baby gifts when you pick up your baby’s birth certificates at Town Hall.  If you haven’t received your gift, please REQUEST yours today! 

Do you have a little one turning one or two? REQUEST a Welcome Baby gift for your toddler, too!  (Milford Thrives will safely deliver your gift curbside).


Parent to Parent 

“Give yourself grace when you feel overwhelmed and allow gratitude where it can be found.”

–Rebecca Woitkowski

Today marks seven weeks of quarantine life. She is more resilient than I ever imagined. We are more flexible than I ever dreamed. And quite frankly – I have realized I am stronger than I ever really knew.

In some ways this is so hard and in others it’s a precious gift. I am constantly reminding myself how grateful I am for the slowness of now especially when the daunting pressure of work simultaneously resides next to and within our home.
To feel all the things – all at once. At the end of a long week – there seems to be grace and space in the gratitude and hope I have found in the midst of so much suffering world wide.

To my mom friends and friends – I see you and support you and love you. Give yourself grace when you feel overwhelmed and allow gratitude where it can be found.


Establishing a rhythm to the day = SAFE

What is it about a predictable, consistent rhythm that puts children at ease?  A reliable daily flow of events provides children (and adults!) with a sense of predictability and creates a feeling of safety and security.  

By establishing a daily rhythm for the family, children develop a sense of what’s coming next, sink into what they’re doing in the moment, and then ease into transitions.  Developing a daily flow for your family creates space for nourishment, connection, and purposeful work.  During this unique time when so many demands have shifted to the home, a sense of when it’s time to “work,” time to “rest,” time to “snack,” and time to play give your child(ren) a rhythmic sense of ease.  The predictability of a daily rhythm helps every member of the family develop a calm anticipation.

With a familiar morning routine of family breakfast, morning work and play, snack, story time, rest time, and then lunch…everyone can develop a comfort in expectations. As a parent who’s daily job has now been shifted home, you can know when you’ll have some quality quiet time throughout the day to focus on work and connect with your family.  (For tips on “work and play time” and imitation, see “Monkey See, Monkey Do” at the top of the page).

Of course, there is no one routine that works for all families; find one that works for you and your child(ren)’s needs. If you’re fortunate enough to have a partner also working from home, or older children now learning from home, you can balance the working and care-taking roles at different points in the day. If you’re the sole care-taker and struggling to find balance, work to find a rhythm works that works for you and your children.  Ease into it and refine it as you move along … all you can do is the best you can.

Keep the daily rhythm simple and be sure to find the joy in both the predictability and “hiccups” of every day.  Tune into Parenting Corner for more tips on rhythm and “work and play…” 

Looking for house-bound fun ideas?  Visit our FAMILY FUN page !


MONKEY SEE…MONKEY DO

Young children learn through imitation. They love to watch you and try to imitate what you are doing. Infants learn social norms and how things work by watching you and their older siblings. Toddlers aim to do what you do, and strive to do what their older siblings do. This is their play. Through encouragement and trial and error, this is how they learn. 

During this hectic time of staying home during the COVID pandemic, think of ways in your everyday rhythm and routine that you can support your young child’s independent play through imitation. Do you have emails to catch up on or some writing to do? Give your toddler their own “computer” so they can type along with you. It can be a box or toy — it does not have to be an electronic device.

Need to make a phone call? Let your young child know that you have to speak quietly for a while on the phone…give them a “phone” and ask them to do the same.  Are their older siblings at home doing remote learning? Engage the younger ones in “virtual” school. Good old crayons and paper, along with board books, can keep them busy. They can learn alongside their older siblings. 
Stay tuned for more ideas on independent play…

More on Young Children Learning Through Imitation

Here’s a follow up article from Parenting magazine on the power of imitation: 

By copying adults during this crucial year of growth, 1-year-olds learn a vast array of skills. “Imitation is vital to the development of abilities ranging from language to social skills…”


Parenting Tips

Sleep zzz:

My child keeps waking me up at night…What can I do?

10 Good Parenting Tips

Parenting is not easy.

Good parenting is hard work.

#2 is our favorite:

There is no such thing as loving your child too much. Loving them cannot spoil them.


Taking care of You, too

Here is a list of self-care strategies from Erin Leyba of Joyful Parenting…

  • When parents “fill their own cups,” they have more patience, energy, and passion to spread to their families.