Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation creates pandemic resource guide for parents 

Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation creates pandemic resource guide for parents 

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Fear, uncertainty, and staying home to slow the spread of the coronavirus can make it difficult for families to keep a sense of calm.

That’s why the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation created a helpful online parenting playbook to help Durham and Middlefield parents and children cope with the pandemic. 

The Pandemic Parenting Playbook features a list of helpful articles on five subjects — mental health, self-care, parent support, technology, family fun, and community resources. Each article is chosen by the education foundation’s board of directors. 

CVEF President Nancy Earls said there is a need for this type of resource as many parents feel “burned out” after a year of balancing family and work during the pandemic. 

“You can do anything for a month, for four, six months, but it has been a year,” said Earls. “Parents often have high expectations of themselves. They want to perform well at work, meet their families' needs and ensure that their children are learning. These demands coupled with ever changing circumstances produce stress.”

The playbook was created with the aid of a professional social worker and will be updated, Earls said. It includes helpful self-care tips on healthy sleeping and eating habits and easing stress through humor. 

“We know that parents have little time for self-care so we have included a variety of ways to help. Even simple breathing exercises can remind parents and families to take care of themselves,” said Earls. 

The CVEF launched the playbook late last month and will monitor the website traffic and reader feedback. To view the Parent Pandemic Playbook go to 

Region 13 School Superintendent Doug Schuch said the Parent Pandemic Playbook is a “tremendous resource to help our families navigate school and life during these challenging times.”

“Regional School District 13 is extremely fortunate to have such an outstanding community partner that strives to meet the needs of our learners and their families here in Durham and Middlefield,” said Schuch.

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