Parents Fear for Their Children’s Mental Health Amid Coronavirus Pandemic


By Erin Richards, USA TODAY


When Tamar Canady thinks about the upsides to the coronavirus pandemic, she thinks about how she and her 15-year-old daughter sleep in more these days.

But the downsides are difficult.

Ella Canady, like many teens, often hides her emotions. But recently at her home in Phoenix, she has had some uncharacteristic breakdowns in front of her mom. She misses her friends. And school — the real kind, not the kind where she sits in front of a computer for five hours a day.

“I’m sorry,” Tamar says as she soothes her daughter. “I know you didn’t want this.”

Nobody knows when or if life will return to normal after the coronavirus pandemic. But as the weeks of stay-at-home orders and school closures continue nationwide, parents are questioning whether isolation measures and physical distancing are doing lasting damage to their kids’ emotional development…more

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