COVID times are hard times. You and your family face stressors that none of us imagined. The pandemic is lasting longer than we expected and the longer it lasts the more we have to adjust and readjust. It’s easy to feel defeated in the face of financial, physical and emotional stress that doesn’t seem to let up. In the midst of our adult responsibilities, we can forget that children are also experiencing extraordinary stress. Their world, too, has been upended. And children soak in the stress the adults in their lives are experiencing. What can we do to stay strong? And how can we help our children stay healthy and well? Here are some tips from the Child Mind Institute to help you and your family thrive despite the challenges. Managing your stress: Cut yourself some slack! Remind yourself that there’s no playbook for what we’re going through. Be smart about what you’re reading and watching. If your social feeds are making you anxious, take a break, and focus on accounts that are calming. Set achievable goals. Give up those unrealistic expectations for what you (and your kids) can achieve in this stressful time. Practice mindfulness and self-care. Focusing on the moment, without being caught up in the future or the past, is an important coping skill. Stay connected virtually. Keep your support network strong, even when you’re only able to call or text friends and family. Socializing can help you feel better and stay grounded. Accept your feelings. Many of us feel sad, angry and anxious right now. Acknowledging that — instead of fighting it — allows us to ride out our emotions, and it might even free us up to move on and say, “Okay, so now what needs to be done?