Parents: What we are being asked to do is not humanly possible.
There is a reason we are either a working parents, a stay-at-home parent, or a part-time working parent.
Working, Parenting and teaching are three different jobs that cannot be done at the same time.
It's not hard because you are doing it wrong. It's hard because it's too much. Do the best you can.
When you have to pick, because at some point you will, choose connection. Pick playing a game over arguing about an academic assignment. Pick teaching your child to do laundry rather than feeling frustrated that they aren't helping. Pick laughing and snuggling and reminding them that they are safe.
If you are stressed, lower your expectations where you can and virtually reach out for social connection. We are in this together to stay well. That means mentally well too.
(Credit Emily W. King Ph.D.)
From Young Writers
We thought we would do something a little different this time with all schools being closed and children being home around the clock.
We understand that it is a difficult time and many children are worried or anxious about what's going on in the world. That's why we think now more than ever it's important to keep track and take care of their mental health.
That is where our mindfulness journal comes in. We’ve teamed up Amy Polly, a mindfulness and meditation expert, a trained teacher and a mum herself to develop a mindfulness journal for children.
The journal allows children to check in with their emotions daily, practise mindfulness techniques including body scanning and breathing activities which will help them stay positive and reduce anxiety.
"This is turning my kids upside down. It's well handy" - Laura Conneely, a busy parent!
To get started you can download our free diary page here by copy and pasting the link into a browser https://bonacia.ontraport.com/c/s/vBY/8Lt9/6/6XP/291/6iNcR7/UhrE4RRrB/P/P/FF to check in on your children's well-being.
Let's spread positivity and well-being throughout and let's start with our children!
P.S. Our full journal can also be bought to keep long term tracking and care of your children's mental health. Here's the link