Parenthood can be tough.
If you need some advice about your child's behaviour please contact:
YoungMinds Parents Helpline
0808 802 5544 or email on email@example.com
Look up their website for lots of information: youngminds.org.uk/parents
My Happy Mind
In school, we use "My Happy Mind" to create a positive mental wellbeing culture in which children build resilience, self-esteem, and character. My Happy Mind uses the latest research, science, and technology to help children develop lifelong habits and learn to thrive.
They are offering some free "Meltdown management" training on their website. Please click the link below to sign up.
Parental Well-being Advice
Emotional well-being is an important part of looking after ourselves. This often gets forgotten as we try to juggle parenting, work , managing the home and many other responsibilities. However we are better equipped to manage everyday stresses if we have taken some time to check in with ourselves. Now, more than ever we are facing constant stress to manage home schooling, maybe working from home, alongside possible financial worries, caring for relatives, not being able to see family and friends and health concerns during this pandemic. Even taking 5 or 10 minutes for yourself can help us cope with these uncertain times. Some general things to try:
Stick to small daily routines – getting up at your usual time, having breakfast, get dressed.
Spend time in nature every day – whether it’s a daily walk, standing out in a garden or on a balcony.
Call a good friend regularly
Limit news intake – especially near to bedtime
Switch off from social media for a set amount of time every day
Just before bed note down 3 things you are grateful for or 3 good things from that day (these can be enjoying your favourite chocolate bar, having a relaxing bath once the children are in bed, catching up with a good Netflix series).
Managing Isolation/ Self Isolation
Having just survived 10 days of self isolation I completely understand how hard going it can be. For me getting up at my usual time, getting dressed as if I was coming to work really helped set me up for the day and I was far more productive. If you are feeling isolated arrange to have a daily check in with a friend or family member. Either a phone call or face time can make all the difference. Have a look at taking up a hobby, lots of groups meet virtually at the moment and there are lots of tutorials on you tube to teach yourself new skills. We all need human connection which is what makes the current situation that much harder. Please do not forget that we are here for all members of our community. Get in touch. Please also see some websites listed below.
Managing Working From Home
This can be a challenge particularly if you are also having to manage home schooling. Set realistic targets and schedule meetings when you know the children are occupied and don’t need your attention.
Equally manage your time so you are not working into the evening, give yourself a cut off time and switch off work emails until the next day. You need time to relax. Have regular conversations with your manager about expectations Vs reality. This will help you feel in control.
Again, set a routine. It doesn’t need to stick rigidly to the school timetable. Getting up, getting dressed (in school uniform helps the child’s mind set) and having breakfast as if you were going out to school /work is a good idea.
Try using different devices for different activities, this is a good idea if not everyone has access to a laptop/computer. Maybe use phones for educational activities and laptops/computers for lessons, set up a timetable for who does what and when. Break up the day with snack time, make lunch time different by maybe having picnic on the floor or let the children help with making it. If it all gets too much – STOP. Let everyone have some chill time, away from each other. Then find a fun activity to do. Watch a movie together, go for a walk, do something fun and come back to it tomorrow.
Remember – its ok not to feel ok but please reach out to someone if everything feels like it mounting up. We are here for every member of the school community and will support you as best we can. You can also contact your GP. Other organisations to contact are
NHS Every Mind Matters