Let’s Beat the Physical Distancing Blues Together

While some states are tacitly ending stay-at-home orders, for many of us, working from home, while schooling and caring for children continues. The Children’s Inn wants to know: how are you coping with the new normal, especially if you’re caring for a child or multiple children with serious diseases? What’s helping you and your children beat the physical distancing blues?

Here at The Children’s Inn, we are doing our best to provide our children, families and young adults who are staying with us during the coronavirus outbreak with as many virtual activities as we can to keep them entertained and engaged in learning. We hope some of our virtual activities can be a resource for you at home too. Join us for a Zoom classroom session with Tori, our education coordinator, or a reading by a children’s book author. Follow along as we visit the zoo to learn about fascinating animals, or participate in one of many, many more activities. Here are additional tips and ideas our programming team pulled together to help you keep your children occupied at home.

If the physical distancing blues has gotten a hold of you or someone you know, National Cancer Institute (NCI) Social Worker and Children’s Inn founder and trustee Lori Wiener, Ph.D., DCSW, LCSW-C, co-director of the Behavioral Health Core and head of the Psychosocial Support and Research Program at the Center for Cancer Research, has provided us with some wonderful additional resources compiled by social workers around the country to help.

Dr. Lori Wiener recently joined Dr. Audrey Thurm and Dr. Krystal Lewis, clinical psychologists at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to discuss “Cancer and other illnesses during COVID-19: How young patients and families can cope.” The panel reviewed coping strategies for young patients on how to navigate the additional stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and also answer your questions. Watch below:

Let us know how you’re doing and what activities are helping you and your children beat the physical distancing blues. We’ll use your answers to create a tried-and-true resources guide for our Children’s Inn community around the world. Post a message on our Facebook page or send an email to [email protected] with your name, your child’s first name and age, diagnosis, and information about the activities that help you cope.