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Let's Chat: Coronavirus COVID-19

Let's Chat: Coronavirus COVID-19

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Let's Chat: Coronavirus COVID-19

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Let's support each other!

It’s been a big start to the year with lots of world news causing distress across the globe. It’s no surprise that seeing updates about the Coronavirus has been stressful for families, and leaving many wondering what they can do to support their communities to stay physically and mentally healthy. 

If you are feeling anxious about this virus, we want you to know that you don’t have to struggle in silence. Feel free to have a chat about it here with us and share how your family is coping. As always, we are here to listen and support you through tough times. 

 

Has Coronavirus been a topic of conversation in your household?

 

How have you had conversations about your virus with your children?

 

What are you doing as a family to look after your physical and emotional health during this time?

 

Do you have any tips for other parents who are worried about Coronavirus?

 

 

We will be updating this thread with more top tips, facts and resources you can access for the latest health information.

 

Where to find the facts and up to date health information?

We really encourage everyone to have a read through the facts from their national health and government departments. For Australian Parents, here's where you can find the latest health updates and facts:

-     Get all the information you need on the NSW Health site here. If you are from a state outside of NSW, refer to your state health department for updates and advice. 
-     If you’re feeling unwell and would like to check your symptoms you can do so here

-     Coronavirus health information line, call 1800 020 080 for people with questions regarding prevention and the spread of the coronavirus

-     Healthdirect helpline, call 1800 022 222 to speak to a registered nurse who can provide advice when you're not sure what to do — whether you should see a local GP, manage the condition at home, or go to an emergency department, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

-     This is a great info-graphic from the World Health Organisation on coping with the stress of a viral outbreak here (also seen below!)

 

 

World Health Organization: Coping with stress during the Coronavirus outbreak

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Re: Let's Chat: Coronavirus COVID-19

Hi @CJ030,

 

I noticed you mentioned some concerns about kids and self isolation. I thought you might also be interested in this thread too. 

 

Have you had many conversations with your kids about what the virus is and what it means for your family?

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Does anyone have any examples on their daily routine for older teenagers now we all have to stay at home?

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My older teens are a lot more involved in household duties, preparing lists of needs and in food preparation. 

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My youngest is stressed. We are trying to keep things as light as possible.  Found this video that he liked but there isn't much directed at kids that I can find https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhQ4KSRr3ak

 

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Hey @Pammy62  - that's a cute video! Thanks so much for sharing Smiley Happy. I've noticed drawings of rainbows in the front of people's houses all around my area - either in their front window or on the footpath in chalk. Apparently it's a way to get children to spread hope and connect with others throughout this situation. You mention keeping things "light' at the moment - perhaps this might be a nice, light activity to do with your children?

 

See here and here for more info and ideas Smiley Happy

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Hi @ThatRedHeadChic great question! With so much change, keeping some routine can be a helpful way of managing the stress of being at home.

 

@Pammy62 mentioned a few of the household routines their teens are involved in. Are your kids homeschooling at the moment? School holidays are still in place in some states in Australia, so I can imagine this would also pose some questions around routines. 

 

Would love to hear how you are both maintaining routine at home

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Yep routine is good. We all get up and get dressed, talk about our plans for the day - work, school or home. Fortunately, my kids are fairly self motivated and know what their chores are. They don't have access to the internet during meal preparation, eating or cleaning up after times. So they come out and automatically do their jobs. Lots of little things like that. Youngest girl does school work in the dining room so she can be monitored but she is also closer to her dad there and she likes that.
Also the girls have chosen to have a media blackout on Covid 19. Our area is mildly affected and they trust we will tell them anything they have to know. The son devours all the stats each day but curiously that is his way of coping - having control.
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My kids are also doing same, even they are trying to make me comfortable in whatever we do. This is something we didn't expected, but COVID-19 Coronavirus circumstances make them understanding too.