Supporting families during COVID-19

To support parents during the Coronavirus outbreak, Inceptive is hosting FREE sessions with various experts every week.

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Upcoming sessions

Managing tantrums

Dr. Noelle Cochran, PsyD

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 9:30AM PDT

Temper tantrums are a fact of life with young children. They're how young children show that they're upset or frustrated and how they release tension in order to regulate. But that doesn’t make them any easier for parents to handle. Temper tantrums can be distressing to parents, especially when they become regular, intense or go on for long periods of time.

Please join us for an Instagram Live session about managing tantrums with clinical psychologist and child development specialist, Dr. Noelle Cochran, PsyD. She will share tips on what parents can do when tantrums happen and answer your questions. Inceptive has partnered with Kinedu to host this live interactive session.

Past sessions

How to help your child understand gratitude and compassion through play

Pallavi Rana

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 7:30PM PDT

Developing socio-emotional skills like gratitude and compassion for others is just as important as any academic skills. Research shows that gratitude is linked to happiness in children by age 5 and instilling gratitude in your kids at a young age could help them grow up to be happier people. You can help your child develop these skills through play.

If you are a parent of a toddler or preschooler, please join us for a free live chat with Pallavi Rana, an early childhood educator with over 12 years of experience where she will discuss learning activities to help little kids become more aware and connected to themselves and their surroundings. Once children begin to understand the basic principle of compassion and gratitude, they will begin to feel grateful about now and will help them reflect more on reasons to be grateful as an adult.

Read the article.

Work, family and childcare: Planning for the future (...oh, and by future we mean 3 weeks from now)

Alyce Desrosiers, LCSW, Lynn Perkins, Juli Fraga, PsyD, & Noelle Cochran, PsyD

Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 7:30PM PDT

There's lots of uncertainty ahead and planning for the future can now mean planning for something practical, deliverable and what works ... 'for now'! School schedules, summer plans, finding childcare and managing kids under foot has easily frazzled every parent. If planning ahead meant 6 months ahead, we may need to change the paradigm to mean '3 weeks from now'.

Join us live for a panel discussion where Alyce Desrosiers, founder of The Institute for Families and Nannies (TIFFAN) and Lynn Perkins, founder of Urbansitter are joined by clinical psychologists Dr. Juli Fraga, PsyD and Dr. Noelle Cochran, PsyD to give a roadmap to planning for work, family and childcare needs in these uncertain times ... one step at a time. Specifically we will discuss:

  • Establishing and adjusting a plan for your work, family and child care needs in uncertain times
  • Conflict resolution and ways to support each other
  • Understanding the impact of these decision on children and how to prepare them

Read the article based on this panel discussion.

Parenting in the pandemic: all ages 

Dr. Lele Diamond, PsyD, Dr. Noelle Cochran and Dr. Julia Getzelman, MD

Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 7:30PM PDT

Inceptive has partnered with Symbio to offer a series of free webinars in order to create a space where clinical psychologists Dr. Noelle Cochran and Dr. Lele Diamond, can answer questions that may be common to parents during this pandemic.

This week we will be joined by pediatrician Dr. Julia Getzelman, MD, as we discuss both the physical health and mental health aspects of social isolation, school closures, uncertainty, and the altered daily routines on children of all ages.

Watch the recording here.

Returning to work from parental leave during COVID-19

Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 7:30PM PDT

Finding your footing back in your professional job after having a baby is often difficult but doing it under the current circumstance seems near impossible. Many parents currently have no childcare options. Many are going back to jobs on the front lines and have to use emergency childcare. None of us is doing this the way we would have wanted to.

To help you navigate these challenges, Inceptive has partnered with Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD, the founder of Mindful Return to offer you the strategies for a successful remote work re-entry. Please join us live or email us questions ahead of time to info@inceptive.org. We will read and answer as many as we can during the live chat.

Watch the recording here.

Childcare during COVID19

Alyce Desrosiers, LCSW and Dr. Noelle Cochran, PsyD

Monday, April 20, 2020 at 7:30PM PDT

Inceptive has partnered with Alyce Desrosiers, LCSW of The Institute for Families and Nannies (TIFFAN) to offer a series of free live chats to answer parents' questions and concerns about their nanny and childcare during this pandemic.

For the first session, we will be joined by Dr. Noelle Cochran, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and child development expert, as we discuss all aspects of managing the parent-nanny relationship while navigating the emotional and behavioral challenges of caring for young children during the pandemic.

Please join us live or email us questions ahead of time to info@tiffan.org. We will read and answer as many as we can during the live chat.

Watch the recording here.

Breastfeeding during COVID19

Katie Howser, IBCLC

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 7:30PM PDT

The coronavirus outbreak has raised a lot of questions including whether it is safe for new mothers to breastfeed their babies, cleaning pump and bottles, and how to prepare formula and sterilize equipment.

Please join us for a free live chat with Katie Howser, a registered lactation consultant where she will answer some of the most common breastfeeding questions.

Join us via Zoom.

Using items at home to encourage speech & language in young children

Teresa Newmark, MA, CCC-SLP

Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 10:00-11:00am PDT

Kids are ready to learn language from the day they are born. They learn languages best during the 'sensitive period' the first five to six years of life. Language development is not limited to a classroom environment but also happens in the home with parents and caregivers. There are several simple and fun activities that parents can use to help their child develop language skills.

Please join us for a free live chat with Teresa Newmark, MA, CCC-SLP, a pediatric speech-language pathologist to learn about ways you can use everyday household items to encourage speech & language development in your child five years and under.

Join us via Zoom.

Parenting in the pandemic: infants, toddlers & preschoolers

Dr. Noelle Cochran, PsyD and Dr. Lele Diamond, PsyD

Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 7:30-8:30pm PDT

Inceptive has partnered with Symbio to offer a series of free webinars in order to create a space where clinical psychologists Dr. Noelle Cochran and Dr. Lele Diamond, can answer questions that may be common to parents during this pandemic.

This week's Q&A webinar will focus on children under the age of 5 years, and and every concern you may be contending with is fair fodder for this session.

Watch the recording here.

Parenting in the pandemic: school aged children

Dr. Lele Diamond, PsyD, Dr. Noelle Cochran, PsyD and Dr. Emily Nusbaum, PhD

Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 7:30PM PDT

Inceptive has partnered with Dr. Lele Diamond and Dr. Noelle Cochran of Symbio to offer a series of free webinars in order to create a space to answer questions that may be common to parents during this pandemic.

This week we will be joined by Dr. Emily Nusbaum, an expert on adaptive education practices, as we discuss both the psychological and practical aspects of managing distance learning for school-aged children at home.

Please join us live or email us questions ahead of time to symbiosf@symbiosf.com. We will read and answer as many as we can during the live chat.

Watch the recording here.

Home routine and activities for toddlers and preschoolers during social isolation

Alejandra Tryon, Montessori expert

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 7:30PM PDT

It is challenging for parents to have young children out of school due to COVID-19. However, a set routine, prepared environment and the right activities will allow the entire family to have an organized and productive day where children are gaining the skills they need and parents are getting their work done.

Join us for a free live session with Alejandra Tryon, Montessori expert and consultant, to learn how to establish a routine, prepare the environment and create appropriate activities for your child's stage of development.

Watch the recording here.

Lactation talk and Q&A

Katie Howser, IBCLC

Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 1:30PM PDT

During this live chat, Katie Howser, IBCLC will discuss pumping, bottle feeding and maintaining milk supply when anxiety is high.


Join us via Zoom.

What should you do about your nanny during Coronavirus?

Alyce Desrosiers, LCSW

Monday, March 23, 2020 at 1:30PM-2:30PM PDT

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced families and nannies to find answers to some very difficult questions. For families -- Should I expect my nanny to work? If she stays home, do we pay her? If she comes to work, how can I ensure she isn’t bringing the virus to our family? For nannies -- Am I obligated to work? If I stay home, should I get paid? If I go to work, what can I ask for to minimize risk of infection to me and those at home?

There are many more questions that are being asked and each without a definitive answer. To help you answer these, Inceptive have partnered with Alyce Desrosiers, LCSW, Founder of The Institute for Families and Nannies.

Join us via Zoom.

Self care for parents in the time of coronavirus

Dr. Juli Fraga, PsyD

Monday, March 23, 2020 through Sunday, March 29, 2020

These are trying times. In addition to all of the small worries parents carry around daily, we now have COVID-19 and all the unknowns that come with this unprecedented time. Many parents are going through their days in a state of heightened anxiety. It’s a challenge, but as a parent, the best way to help your child be at their best is to take care of yourself.

While there are many different self-care strategies for parents, it’s important to experiment with them to figure out which strategies work best for you. If you have any questions, want recommendations, share your tips with others or just want to vent, please comment in our Facebook group Family Support Network from Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29.

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