We all know that parenting is hard enough. Add to that separation, divorce, lockdown, home schooling and everything else that comes with COVID-19 and you have a pretty tricky situation for parents and kids.
It is important during these times, that we take a deep breath and think about the things that matter.
1. Show care and kindness
Everybody is struggling with different things. It is really important to recognise that when people are under pressure whether emotional, financial or physical, they often react rather than respond and their reactions may not be well thought through. Being able to show kindness and care is paramount.
2. Be Flexible
COVID has brought a number of challenges and those challenges look like they may continue in same shape or form. Showing flexibility, particularly with the other parent, especially when it concerns your children is important. Putting your child’s best interest at the forefront of any discussion and ensuring their safety and wellbeing is all that matters.
3. Comply with court orders and/or parenting agreements
If you have a court order or parenting plan in place, you should be complying with it. COVID is not an excuse to withhold a child from spending time with the other parent. It is important to remember to be civil where possible and put your children’s physical and mental health first. Children want to see their parents.
4. Your kids are feeling it too
As adults, we have found COVID difficult to manage. Take a moment to consider how your children may be feeling. Children absorb the emotions of their parents and if you are able to be measured in your actions and calm, this will work well for you all.
5. We are here to help
Mediation, collaborative practice, parenting coordination, divorce coaching and other family law services are still operating. You may not be able to meet face to face but you will always be able to obtain advice and assistance online or by telephone.
6. Reach Out if You need Help
There are many free support services available, including:
Family Relationship Advice Line - 1800 050 321
Beyond Blue - 1300 224 636
The Australian Parenting website – www.raisingchildren.net.au
Violence or Abuse – Call 000
Don’t do this alone. We are here to help.