Katrina Cordts, PhD, an assistant professor and pediatric psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine, addresses questions related to family well-being.
How important is it to have a routine for your children?
“It is even more important . . . but also in terms of their mental and physical health and well-being”
How about a routine for the parents?
“Especially so for parents . . . that’s especially true for children”
How trying is this time right now?
“I think it’s difficult . . . the better off we will be long term”
Any advice for parents of children?
“So we are talking a lot about routines . . . even if it’s not scheduled down to the minute”
What advice do you have as this continues on?
“Continue to have open and honest conversations . . . it’s going to be really important”
How important is Telehealth right now?
“It’s hugely important it allows us . . . how to cope with some of the challenges that they’re facing”
What are the challenges parents are facing right now?
“Naturally families are still trying to do things like limit technology . . . when all the learning is being sent to them via online platforms”
At what point should people seek help?
“If you’re noticing that you’re having just these overwhelming feelings . . . that would be a good time to get help from a professional.