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Parenting during COVID19 quarantine


Dr. Gayani DeSilva MD


Children and Parenting


Gayani DeSilva is a Child Adolescent Psychiatrist with 20 years experience. She is the author of A Psychiatrists Guide: Helping Parents Reach Their Depressed Tween, and A Psychiatrists Guide: Stop Teen Addiction Before It Starts.

Staying at home, working, and trying to homeschool children is a huge ask of parents.  For parents of special needs children, this task becomes even more exhausting.


Self-care for parents is crucial for parents to be able to manage this time, be it for 2 weeks or 4months.


Self care includes: getting adequate sleep, eating nutritious meals, staying hydrated, and exercise.   It also includes maintaining healthy relationships with others, venting your stresses, and accepting assistance and support from others,


If you know parents of special needs children, please call them and give them respite and support.


Accept that “good enough” is truly good enough,  Do not set unrealistic expectations for yourself. At the same time, do not merely survive the day.  Instead, set only one or two goals for the day, and enjoy this time with your child. 


Sleep in, relax the rules, play, and rest.

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