Being Stuck at Home With Our Kids Both Creates and Relieves Stress.

Parents who are cooped up at home with their kids have the uniquely difficult task of managing their own anxiety while being calm for their children.

A boy and a girl having a pillow fight
A boy and a girl having a pillow fight
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Closeness is the problem, but it is also the solution.

Emotional regulation has been an area of intense study over the past few decades. As understanding of how our nervous system works has grown, an initial emphasis on self-regulation has shifted to one on co-regulation. What is co-regulation? It’s the way humans track each other’s physiologic states, as in a mother who soothes a baby’s frustration with a toy through her voice, her facial expression and her touch. In other words, the way we get each other worked up or calmed down.

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