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Parenting in a Pandemic: How to Help your Family through COVID-19 is a must-read for parents and child-care providers during times of social isolation. Pediatrician Kelly Fradin covers every possible aspect of successfully providing the dual role of parent and instructor during the uncertain times of a pandemic. Included in this thorough guide is a table of contents covering detailed definitions, medical statistics, and helpful suggestions in dealing with the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of living in isolation during a widespread infection. Her words are a positive affirmation in a frightening situation. Children of all ages suffer silently and uniquely, reacting differently to the stress of their environment. In the book, Fradin offers logical and doable suggestions in tackling these often disturbing reactions.
Kelly Fradin includes this disclaimer: 'The material in this book is supplied for educational purposes only. I am a physician, but not your physician.' With this in mind, the author encourages necessary medical appointments while discouraging panic visits with her common sense rationale. Parenting in a Pandemic is a necessary addition to anyone’s reference library and should be shelved near Heidi Murkoff’s wildly popular What to Expect series. In addition to Kelly Fradin’s documented information concerning behavioral therapy, she includes an extensive age-appropriate resource list for anxiety, mental health issues, disease facts, and social skills. Fradin offers activities for homeschooling and activities to maintain a child’s grade level knowledge. Speaking in relatable terms, the author doesn’t forget to address the adult in charge. A wealth of resources for the parent is included in the book’s reverence pages. Timely, yet ageless, Parenting in a Pandemic is invaluable.