Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust have created two videos to support parents of children and young people during the pandemic. These are short but with good advice and are presented by child psychotherapist Laverne Antrobus. The content was brought together as a result of questions from parents.
Video 1: Connecting well
Even with the best intentions, parenting can be testing at times. COVID-19 has added an extra layer of complexity that hasn’t been easy to navigate. Child psychotherapist Laverne Antrobus answers parents’ question and others, including:
· As a parent, how do you get “me” time during lockdown?
· Has your kids’ sibling rivalry taken on serious tones during lockdown?
· How do you support an outgoing / sociable child during this period of isolation?
Video 2: Coping well
Parents, how are you coping under social isolation measures? If you’re like most, you’re encountering new parenting challenges, sometimes on a daily basis. This video offers support for parents through the tricky bits: finding routine, managing screen time and getting good rest during lockdown. COVID has brought death a closer reality for many of us. As a parent, how do you support your child through the grief?
Coronavirus Stories for Children
Anna Freud https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/
Provides resources around self-care for both children and families
Young Minds www.youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus
General information for young people about managing their mental health
Stop, Breathe and Think https://www.stopbreathethink.com/kids/
Phone, tablet or web app to support mindfulness
BBC Newsround https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51204456
BBC Newsround has a section on Coronavirus with guidance to keep children informed and tips to feel supported.
Supporting bereaved children
The Childhood Bereavement Network offers advice on talking to children about death and gives practical support.
Winston’s Wish also provides guidance on how to tell a child or young person that someone has died from coronavirus.
Support Bereaved Children on Creative Education website. Itgives lots of strategies and tips on how to talk to bereaved children.