COVID-19 resources for parents and children

Families across the country are facing new challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic affects our daily work and home routines. Children, just like adults, play an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Use these resources to help your child understand what's going on and how they can help.

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Activities for children

Use these activities to teach your child about what they can do to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

We also have COVID-19 resources for youth and students.

Other educational topics

Use these resources to teach your child about other topics:

You and your family's mental health

It's normal for you or your children to feel overwhelmed, stressed, confused, scared or angry during this time.

COVID-19 can be difficult for children to understand, especially if they know someone who's sick. Pay close attention to how your child is feeling.

Mental health for your child

You can support your child's mental health by:

The following resources can be shared with your child:

Mental health for parents

Self-care is important. Parents and caregivers take better care of their children when they take care of themselves, too.

Take steps to calm down before you react. Children may respond to stress and anxiety by acting out. They need you the most when they're misbehaving.

Recompose yourself to help you relax and feel grounded. Practice a 1-minute mindfulness activity. Pay attention to:

Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed. Find support and relieve stress by talking to someone about your feelings and concerns. Check out Wellness Together Canada for additional resources and services for mental health or substance use.

Returning to school

It may be challenging for children to adapt to a structured school routine after months of physical distancing at home. Parents can prepare kids for a return to the classroom by:

Staying connected

Gathering limits and restrictions vary across the country. Follow your local public health authority's advice about in-person visits and specific requirements for your community.

It's always safest to keep physically distancing. You and your child can stay connected with family, friends and neighbours through:

Information for parents

Find resources with advice for parents.

Parenting during COVID-19
For Indigenous peoples

Hope for Wellness Helpline offers mental health counselling and crisis intervention for Indigenous peoples across Canada.

Provincial, territorial and community-based resources
Vaccines and immunizations
Financial help
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