Thrive With Your Family Video Series

A weekly online video series that was created as emotional support to families during the coronavirus pandemic. The series started April 14, 2020 and ran through June 9, 2020.

Our nationally recognized panel held candid conversations about parenting, child behavior, mental health and relationships during the ever-changing environment of the global pandemic.

They tackled the stressors, concerns and difficulties families faced during the pandemic but, more importantly, how to maintain a sense of hope and understanding. Panelists also offered tips for maintaining a problem-solving mindset even amidst circumstances that felt out of our control.

While the future of COVID-19 is unknown, the coping skills and supportive resources offered in each episode remain a continued value to families.

View past Thrive With Your Family episodes.


These panelists rotated regularly while some episodes also included guest panelists from Michigan Medicine:

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

View Past Thrive With Your Family Episodes

Thrive With Your Family – Episode 1: Processing Change

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: Parental Self-Care, COVID-19 Anxiety and Managing Screen Time

Thrive With Your Family – Episode 3: Teens and the Pandemic

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: Supporting Kids With Special Needs and Preventing Sibling Fights

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: Supporting Kids With Chronic Diseases During COVID-19

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: Having a Baby During a Pandemic

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



Thrive With Your Family – Episode 7: Coping With Loss and Grief

Date: June 2, 2020

Guest Panelists

The following guest panelist will be joining host Jenny Radesky, M.D., Katherine Rosenblum, Ph.D., and Sheila Marcus, M.D.:

  • Polly Gipson, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent section
    Director, Trauma and Grief Clinic

Topic: Loss and grief

  • Honoring lost loved ones and addressing disproportionate impact on communities of color
  • Emotional support from afar for family and friends who have lost a loved one due to COVID-19
  • Coping and support within the community when some of our strategies have been taken away (i.e., going to church, going to gym classes, etc.), and maintaining faith during a time of so much uncertainty
  • How to talk with children about loss of a loved one


National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) resources
Books and Videos


Thrive With Your Family – Episode 8: Returning to “Normal”

Date: June 9, 2020

Topic: Returning to “Normal”

  • Dealing with lasting effects social isolation may have on our children
  • How to feel comfortable as businesses and services start to open back up
  • How to make the best out of future school learning plans paired with continued work demands