Living Now

Resources to help children through challenges in life

Sometimes it can feel like the world is upside down

Times like this can be especially hard for kids who need extra support for their mental, behavioral and emotional health. The experts at Children’s Minnesota offer all kinds of resources for parents to help their children cope.

Need to talk to a professional?

A change in your child’s behaviors that last for a few days or several weeks can be a sign to contact us for help. These behaviors might be trouble sleeping, changes in appetite, or having a hard time getting up.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call 911.

Virtual and in-clinic visits

  • Online virtual visits are available for current and new patients for most types of appointments.
  • We are seeing patients in-clinic for essential care that can’t be delayed or delivered online.

These visits are billed through insurance. Call your preferred clinic for more information on what suits your child’s needs:

Our Integrated Behavioral Health team can partner with your child’s primary care provider to provide easy access to brief individual and family therapy services.

Our Behavioral Health Services help children navigate obstacles encountered along life’s way and offer services for common childhood behavioral problems and mental health concerns.

Our Integrative Medicine program provides innovative, holistic care for the whole child and combines the best of conventional and complementary therapies. Example techniques include relaxation breathing, aromatherapy, mental imagery and acupressure.

Parenting Line

Get practical advice from specialists over the phone, at no cost, to deal with typical behavioral and emotional concerns for young children to older adolescents.

Distance learning support

We offer behavioral health appointments to help you address the special challenges of online education and other distance learning for children with special needs, children who have an individualized education program (IEP), or children who have difficulties with executive functioning. Services are billed through insurance.

Online resources

Online Behavior Checker

Use this free online tool for proven tips to solve 150 common child behavior issues such as anxiety, sibling conflict and refusing to follow rules. This expert advice can help create a more peaceful home.

Family Education Materials

Browse our free library of articles and videos for families:

Webinar programming

Join us for the next episode of the Living Now Webinar Series, featuring timely talks from experts at Children’s Minnesota to help kids cope with the current times.

Tips, Tricks, and Treats: Healthy Eating for the Holidays

Tips, Tricks, and Treats: Healthy Eating for the Holidays is a conversation about fostering healthy eating during the upcoming holiday season and celebrating safely.

Join us at the event
Wednesday, October 21
12 – 1 pm CST

Featuring
Kate Zelic, PhD, LP, Psychologist

Questions?
Send us an email.

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Dr. Gigi Chawla, chief of general pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota, talks about coping with the loss of milestone events like graduations. WCCO – May 6, 2020

How To Handle The Stresses Of Staying At Home With Kids (Video)

Dr. Gigi Chawla, chief of general pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota, addresses some challenges. WCCO Mid-Morning – April 1, 2020

Ask A Pediatrician: Effects Of Social Isolation On Children (Video)

Dr. Gigi Chawla, chief of general pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota, talks about what families can expect. WCCO Mid-Morning – April 15, 2020

Kids navigate mental health challenges amidst COVID-19 (Video and article)

Dr. Sarah Jerstad, psychologist at Children’s Minnesota, talks about the unique situations COVID-19 is presenting for children already dealing with anxiety and depression. KARE11 – April 23, 2020

From the Children’s Minnesota blog

Original programming

Parenting during the pandemic

Get tips from our July 16 Grand Rounds presentation featuring Julie King, co-author of the book “How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen” and the app Pocket Parent.

Watch Star Studio live
(Schedule)

Star Studio is the in-house TV station at Children’s Minnesota Hospitals. Its programming is geared specifically to patients and their families and includes unique, live, interactive shows that patients can call into. Learn more.

Star Studio: Pain, palliative, and integrative medicine specialists talk about coping with COVID-19

Star Studio: Behavioral health specialists talk about feelings and mindfulness during COVID-19

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