Virtual Conference To Help Parents Through Pandemic

By on April 20, 2020 0 919Views

Since March, life has changed in so many ways. The unthinkable act of our economy coming to a screeching halt has impacted everyone. One of the biggest changes and challenges for Arizona families has been adjusting to the unexpected shift to online learning.​ Parents, you are not alone in the struggle.

This week, fifteen experts are joining forces for the Pandemic Parenting Virtual Conference.​ website, a parenting community resource, has organized the effort to address a lot of misinformation that’s out there and provide a support to parents to get them through to the end of the school year.​​

“Teachers are scrambling; parents are scrambling. These experts are here to cut through the noise and to offer you some really practical suggestions for a) you’re not alone, and b) do this, not that,” said Katey McPherson. She’s a “digital wellness advocate” who is taking part in conference.

Parents can register for free at which will grant them daily access to a variety of interviews and presentations that will address all sorts of issues stemming from distance learning to behavioral problems during this unprecedented time. The discussions will offer information on how to handle stress to how to manage screen time, the topics will vary from toddler/preschool age to seniors in high school.​​ Questions will include:

  • How do I help my fifth-grader in transition to middle school
  • How do I deal with younger children and remote learning?
  • What do I say to my senior who won’t have a graduation [ceremony] and won’t go to prom?

“[There are] all sorts of different issues out there with emotions running high,” McPherson said.

The experts involved in the Pandemic Parenting Virtual Conference hope to create a sustainable community that will continue.​​ The new videos launch daily at 1 p.m. Monday, April 20th through Thursday, April 23. Each video lasts 15-20 minutes.​ Those videos will be available to watch for free for 24 hours.​ Unlimited access is available by paid subscription.