Even in the best of times parenting can be challenging, frustrating, stressful and hard work. Many parents and carers may feel overwhelmed as we move through different COVID-19 alert levels across Aotearoa over the coming months.
As we move down alert levels we are able to have increasing contact with others. However, this will not be the same as it was prior to COVID-19. There may be members of our whānau or friends we are still unable to see or have close physical contact with due to the ongoing restrictions. Although we may still experience some physical isolation, we are all in this together. Remember as parents, mātua, and carers of tamariki we need to protect them as we would a pā tūwatawata/fortress, marae or kainga.
We can all take responsibility to support other whānau as well. Stay connected, check-in and offer support when you can, especially with those who might be doing it extra tough, solo parents, and whānau experiencing financial hardship or family violence.
As whānau, parents and carers of tamariki during this especially tricky time we need to prioritise our own hauora/health and wellbeing so we can support our tamariki, make good decisions and manage additional stress and distress.
This information is to help you get through this time, and beyond.
For more information about how to support tamariki refer to the Further resources and reading section.