COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the lives of people, particularly parents who are often parenting and working simultaneously. Reports of the increased risks of child abuse due to the stress of the societal changes made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic like living in close quarters and pre-existing issues like domestic violence in the home is creating additional causes for concern.
In the nick of time, Elmo’s father George comes through with a PSA for overwhelmed parents reminding us to give ourselves a break and to breathe. Check out the PSA below:
Visit sesamestreet.org/caring for more tips on activities you can do with your child at home during this precarious time. Hang in there and remember to breathe.
If you or someone you know is experiencing child abuse, then please contact the Childhelp.com National Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453. If you are experiencing domestic violence, please contact the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
For more information on breathing to reduce anxiety, check out Los Angeles Performance Therapy’s 5 minute breathing exercise for anxiety, relaxtion and stress relief:
This post was written by Nsenga K. Burton, founder & editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire. Follow her on Twitter @Ntellectual.
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