Advice and Resources for Parents and Families

Here at Mary Swanwick, we care about our children and their families.  Mrs Jackson has compiled some helpful hints that may be of help over the coming weeks and months. 

As we head into another lockdown we thought it might be helpful to provide some tips to help you and your family look after your mental health.  Last time we locked down it was spring time and we were able to make the most of the longer days and lighter nights. This time we haven’t got that luxury.

Here at Mary Swanwick we want to do everything we can to help us all through this. Below are a few tips to help you through the tougher days to come.

Most of us at some point will feel the strain of the current situation and that’s absolutely normal, remember it’s ok if things don’t always feel ok.

 

Routines and Schedules

Keeping routines and schedules will help you to keep that feeling of control and give you and your children a sense of familiarity and safety.

 

Exercise

Although the day are shorter and the weather not as good this time of the year, getting out of the house is a great boost to your mental wellbeing.  Take a walk as getting some natural light during the day really does give you a boost.

 

Keep in touch

Stay in contact with friends and family, you might not be able to visit but how about writing a letter?  Most children would be thrilled to receive some post, or why not give friends and family a phonecall or FaceTime.

Organise a zoom quiz for everyone to join in with, hearing a friendly voice or seeing a familiar face can lift your spirts and motivate you through the day.

 

Family time

Unlike the last lockdown, school will still be open so use the after-school time to talk to each other about your day. Take this opportunity to find out new thing about each other, hear about what your children are learning about and talk about any worries or fears.

Use this time to let everyone know it’s ok to feel fed up, sad, angry, frustrated.

Having that time to talk gives everyone the opportunity to open up about their feeling and not keep them trapped inside.

 

Screen time

So much of our life revolves around screens now that it sometimes feels like we miss big chunks of the day. Try to build in some screen free time each day: play aboard game, read a book or even do some baking. These are all great thing for the whole family to join in with.

 

Time for yourself

We ALL need some quiet time to ourselves, even our children.  Don’t feel guilty about taking yourself off for a coffee in another room or shutting the door so you can have a peaceful bath or learn a new skill.

There are some good websites out there with information on mental wellbeing for adult and children.

If you are worried about the mental health of any member of our community, please get in touch with school and we will help as best we can.

 

Advice and Resources for Children