With news that the lockdown is to be extended for another three weeks, many people are continuing to adjust to a new way of life.
Parents will be returning to homeschooling after the Easter break, often while juggling their own work and other responsibilities. It’s leaving many asking the question, ‘How will we cope?’
In the third of its series of articles about living in a lockdown, relationship support charity OnePlusOne is offering expert tips to help parents talk to their children about the current situation.
Penny Mansfield CBE, co-director at OnePlusOne said:
“Babies and very young children won’t know why life is different – but they will be aware of change in their routine, such as not going to nursery/activities with their friends. Reassure them by focusing on the things that matter to them, like having fun playing together.
Older children will have been working out why life has changed. Why they are not going to school, why playgrounds are shut, why mum and dad are not going to work and are around more. Hearing the news or chatting to friends online offers explanations but also creates uncertainty and worry. So, be attentive to their moods and responsive to their questions. Tell them what they need to know and if you don’t know the answer, say so. By being as available as possible you can make it easier for your children to share their concerns. You can’t change the present situation but you can give them the reassurance they need to get on with just being children.
Parenting in these times is tough and you need to be able to share your worries with your partner/co-parent/others.”
Top tips for parenting in a lockdown include:
The full article on parenting in a lockdown, together with other useful expert relationship advice, is available on our digital relationship platform www.clickrelationships.org.