Thrive With Your Family Web Series

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A new weekly online video series supporting families during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesdays at 12 p.m.

Please Note: There will not be an episode on May 26, but Thrive With Your Family will return on June 2 for Episode 7: Grief and Loss.

Broadcast on our Facebook and YouTube channels:


Join our nationally recognized panel for a series of candid conversations about parenting, child behavior, mental health and relationships during the ever-changing environment of our current global pandemic.

We’ll tackle the stressors, concerns and difficulties families are facing. Most importantly, we’ll talk about how to maintain a sense of hope and understanding, and tips for maintaining a problem-solving mindset even amidst circumstances that can feel out of our control.


The panelists will rotate regularly, but also include guest panelists from Michigan Medicine and beyond:

Dr. Jenny Radesky

Host: Jenny Radesky, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics,
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics


Dr. Katherine Rosenblum

Katherine Rosenblum, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry,
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Co-Director, Zero to Thrive and the Women & Infants Mental Health Program


Dr. Melissa Cousino

Melissa Cousino, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Psychology
Director of Psychosocial Services and Research, Congenital Heart Center


Dr. Sheila Marcus

Sheila Marcus, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry,
Section Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Michigan Child Collaborative (MC3) Care Program


Submit a Topic Suggestion or Question

We invite you to submit a topic suggestion or question to the Thrive With Your Family web series. These can be written out or recorded via an mp3 audio file to be played on air. We will attempt to cover as many topics as possible over the course of this series, but will not be providing specific medical advice to individuals. Use of this resource should not take the place of usual care by your medical or mental health provider. If you feel that you are having a mental health emergency, please call your local emergency room, or consult with your/your child's own medical or mental health provider.

If you are experiencing a psychiatric emergency, please phone (734) 936-5900 or (734) 996-4747. You may also utilize the National Suicide Prevention Line for any additional mental health emergencies at 1 800 273-8255.

Thrive With Your Family Episode Listing

Thrive With Your Family: Episode 1

Date: April 14, 2020

Topics covered

  • How children process all of the changes going on in their lives and how to understand their feelings
  • How to respond when children’s behavior is a bit more crazy or dysregulated
  • How to juggle work and home
  • Some initial thoughts about managing screen time during school closures



Thrive With Your Family: Episode 2

Thrive With Your Family: Episode 3

Date: April 28, 2020

Guest Panelists

The following guest panelists will joining Jenny Radesky, M.D.:
  • Elizabeth Koschmann, Ph.D.
    Assistant Research Scientist, Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Comprehensive Depression Center,
    Director of the TRAILS to Wellness Program
  • Ellen Selkie, M.D.
    Assistant Professor of Adolescent Medicine, Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center,
    Research Director of Child and Adolescent Gender Services

Topic: Teens

  • Helping teens with the emotional adjustment to social distancing. When to worry?
  • What to do with all the increased media use when you used to be a low tech family? How to balance the online learning and socializing?



Thrive With Your Family: Episode 4

Date: May 5, 2020

Topic: Special Needs

  • How to help kids with autism maintain relationships
  • How to help children with developmental delays who need extra support
  • How to help little kids get the most out of videochat and classroom meet-ups
  • How to help siblings communicate during conflict and feeling “cooped up” together without private space



Thrive With Your Family: Episode 5

Date: May 12, 2020

Guest Panelists

The following guest panelists will be joining Jenny Radesky, M.D., and Melissa Cousino, Ph.D.:
  • Nasuh Malas, M.D., MPH
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Director of Pediatric Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
  • Dana Albright, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Psychology

Topic: Chronic Illness in Children

  • Dealing with uncertainty and unexpected changes, including how to create a sense of safety and structure and how parents can deal with the uncertainty as well
  • What to do when a chronically ill child with developmental delays refuses to wear a face mask to their next procedure
  • Without the structure of school, daily health behaviors have become increasingly challenging. How can I help my child complete all their necessary medical care?


Thrive With Your Family: Episode 6

Date: May 19, 2020

Guest Panelists

The following guest panelists will be joining Jenny Radesky, M.D.:

Topic: Perinatal well-being (the time of pregnancy proceeding birth through the newborn stage)

  • Anxiety or depression during pregnancy, including concerns over not seeing providers, worry about own/baby’s safety, and fear of laboring and/or birthing alone
  • Concerns about the birth experience, including being positive for COVID and separated from baby, worry about baby’s safety, and support of healthcare workers during birth
  • The uncertainties after getting home with your new baby, including lack of in-person support, fear of exposing elderly parents or baby to COVID, safety at well-baby visits, and dealing with lactation support/telehealth during recovery