Positive Links for Children, Teens and Families during the Coronavirus, special focus on Teen Mental Health (#65)

Year 2, Week 15 (65)

COVID-19 & Teen Mental Health


This Week’s Top Links

What’s Safe This Summer If You’re Vaccinated—But Your Kids Aren’t?

Kids were never at high risk of severe COVID symptoms. The most severe worry with children under 12 was they would pass the virus on to older people in their family. It is still important to be safe as we are still in a race with the virus and its variants. That race will continue until more people are vaccinated. The best reason to get vaccinated now is to protect our children. Before a new variant becomes more deadly and more communicable.

Play with your kids. It's good for you

Play is good for you, it helps reduce stress and forms bonds with others. This article does a good idea defining play and why it will look different in every family.

‘They won’t forget this’: Mom concerned about children’s mental health after COVID-19 pandemic

Kids are resilient, but they won’t forget the year they couldn’t see friends and even family members. The most important factors in a child’s resilience are the parents response to adverse circumstances. Read the article above and create play strategies with your children.

5 Tips For Navigating Difficult Conversations

This has been a year for difficult conversations and this article helps you learn the techniques for making them effective. Do you have to tell a friend or family member who won’t mask or get a vaccine that they can’t visit? This article will help. Do you have a teen or tween that is home and having a difficult time? These techniques will apply to that situation too. Also, your children will have to deal with difficult conversations in their life and they can learn these techniques with your help and by practicing them together.

23.4% of the world has received a COVID vaccine. See how your country is doing

Not all of the world has access to vaccines and not all the adults who have access to vaccines are taking them. We’re still in a race against variants and it is most likely only a matter of time before a variant develops that doesn’t respond to our current vaccines. This is why the world needs to be vaccinated—and not just those who can afford it or who think they have the privilege to say “no.”

Connecting with Teens: How “Feeling Felt” Can Make All the Difference

This was my favorite article this week. “Feeling Felt” is a great way to define what every person is truly seeking in a relationship. This article gives great tips for helping others “feel felt.”


This Week’s Links


What’s Safe This Summer If You’re Vaccinated—But Your Kids Aren’t?

Tykes and Teens offers free mental health series for parents

18 great first day of school traditions to do with your kids

Here’s the First Food You Should Teach Your Kids to Cook

Why it's time to think differently about Covid

Why is Delta such a worry? It's more infectious, probably causes more severe disease, and challenges our vaccines

Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance


Play with your kids. It's good for you

That drain you're feeling? It's called mental fatigue.

What We Need To Know About Our Tweens’ Brains

The Challenges of Bipolar Disorder in Young People

10 Divorce Books for Kids to Help Them Make Sense of What’s Happening and Deal with Big Feelings

5 children’s books that teach valuable lessons on engineering

Fauci: “Avoidable and Preventable” Coronavirus Deaths Among Unvaccinated

Fauci Says You Should Now Wear a Mask Going Here | Eat This Not That

Poll Finds Startling Difference in Vaccinations Among US Republicans and Democrats

These Are The Funniest Knock-Knock Jokes Kids Will Actually Get


‘They won’t forget this’: Mom concerned about children’s mental health after COVID-19 pandemic

They didn't want to get Covid-19 shots. This is what convinced them.

The Latest: 99% of US virus deaths are unvaccinated people

Vaccine-hesitant Americans reject delta variant risk, posing questions for pandemic recovery: POLL

Woman afraid of vaccine side effects dies from Delta variant: 'I couldn't convince her'

Southern pastors afraid to promote COVID-19 vaccines as white Evangelicals reject science: report

32 States Didn’t Hit Biden’s July 4 Vaccine Goal—These Were The Furthest From It

CDC Says These States in Danger of Outbreak | Eat This Not That

Why We Should Let Our Teens Keep A Messy Bedroom


5 Tips For Navigating Difficult Conversations

Parents of kids with medical complexity are five times likelier to have poor or fair mental health than counterparts, study says

Unvaccinated people are "variant factories," infectious diseases expert says

How dangerous is the new Delta Plus variant? Here’s what we know.

Canada's Travel Rules Are Changing On Monday & Here's What You Need To Know


23.4% of the world has received a COVID vaccine. See how your country is doing

Little to No Link Between Adolescents’ Mental Health Problems and Digital Technology Use

The Best Books for Toddlers That We (Almost) Guarantee Will Keep Your Little Reader’s Attention

Without masks, even the fully-vaccinated can play a part in spreading the COVID Delta variant

The Delta variant leaves children vulnerable to Covid-19. Here's how to protect your children

The symptoms of the Delta variant appear to differ from traditional COVID symptoms. Here's what to look out for

Why the US isn't following the World Health Organization's mask guidance

Medical conditions, risk of severe COVID-19 outcomes


Connecting with Teens: How “Feeling Felt” Can Make All the Difference

These Early Childhood Risk Factors Can Help Predict Self-Harm in Teens

More than 80 teens and staffers at an Illinois summer camp got Covid-19

What doctors wish parents knew about keeping unvaccinated kids safe

Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated - Red Deer Advocate

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines may provide years of protection from COVID-19

WHO says vaccinated people should wear face masks, but the CDC doesn't. Here's why

Dr. Fauci Just Issued This Urgent Warning | Eat This Not That

Fauci warns there may soon be 'two Americas' as divide widens between vaccinated and unvaccinated areas


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