You would think it would be easy to get close when you’re spending all day and night together in your home during a pandemic. Yet the stress of being laid off or furloughed, the change in routines, the lack of “personal space,” illness in the family, and so many other factors can make these days particularly stressful. And that stress can tear down communication, raise temperatures, and leave relationships in tatters.

Support from Other Parents and Guardians

Virtual Check-Ins to Keep Connected is a collection of resources that give breaks from the stress. From time to time, you check in virtually for about 30 minutes with other parents and guardians (via phone conference calls or videoconference) about how they’re each doing. You explore together an aspect of your family relationship, building on national Search Institute research on elements that make parent-youth relationships strong.

What to Do at Home

At home, your family then spends time together doing a quiz, short activities, and discussion-starter questions. All of them are easy no- or low-prep ideas that allow you to explore together how your whole family experiences and thinks about that week’s topic. The conversations and activities are all designed to be enjoyable, positive, and meaningful.

Session Topics

Sessions are available on these topics, with additional information and activities on each topic available on KeepConnected.info.

Strengthen Developmental Relationships
1. Introduction to Developmental Relationships PDF HTML
2. Express Care PDF HTML
3. Challenge Growth PDF HTML
4. Provide Support PDF HTML
5. Share Power PDF Coming Soon
6. Expand Possibilities PDF Coming Soon
Growing Up Responsibly
7. Set Family Goals Together Coming Soon Coming Soon
8. Prevent Alcohol & Tobacco Use Coming Soon Coming Soon
9. Manage Money Well Coming Soon Coming Soon

Join or Organize a Group


If you’re not already part of a parent group, ask leaders in your local school, youth organization, faith community, or family-serving organization to sponsor a group. Or consider organizing one yourself. Resources are available to help facilitators organize these groups.

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