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The situation caused by the Coronavirus pandemic has placed a strain on all of us.  We hope that the following links may be of some help to families during this difficult time.

Helping your Child - Emotional Wellbeing

Read this excellent Advice from the British Psychological Society.

Be open and honest, in an age appropriate way, when speaking with your child.

If you don't know an answer, it is okay so say so. If possible, suggest finding an answer together.

Set aside time to talk about the day and how your child is feeling.  The Young Minds charity has advice about Conversation Starters.

Role-model talking about your own feelings and show how you manage them; this will help your child to learn their own strategies. Explain that all feelings are ok.  We just need to learn how to share them and cope appropriately.

If your child's behaviour is out of control, step back and wait for a situation to calm down before speaking with them.

If your child does not want to share their thoughts or feelings, you could suggest writing them down, if they would like to that instead.

You may find this Flyer about Anxiety from our Parent Support Worker helpful.

Please also see this Family Wellbeing Pack during COVID1 from the Havant School Nursing Team

Useful Links:

www.youngminds.org.uk/

www.familylives.org.uk/

www.solentmind.org.uk/

www.worrywisekids.org/

Crisis Line for Children and Young People (Hants and IOW Leaflet)

 

Helping your Child - Sleep

The environment your child sleeps in is important. 

TRY TO AVOID
  • Decorate in neutral, calming colours.
  • Keep the bedroom a positive space.
  • Keep the room as dark as you can. Blackout blinds can be helpful, particularly during the summer months. (If your child is afraid of the dark, you could try a night light with a soft glow.)
  • Make the bedroom a screen free zone (this includes computers and mobile phones). Technology can stimulate rather than help relax.
  • For some children who are sensitive to outside noises, white noise can help to mask out background noise.
  • Using the bedroom as a place where your child is sent as a sanction.
  • Having the bedroom too warm. Ideally the temperature should be around 16 to 18 degrees Celsius.
  • Installing distracting props such as mobiles and light shows.
  • Leaving toys in view, as  they can be tempting for little ones to get out of bed and play with.

Also, have a routine and keep it consistent:

  • Allow time for relaxing together, including bath time and reading a story.
  • There should be no technology during the bedtime routine - ideally not for an hour before bed.
  • Plan in time for talking 1-1. Speak about the day and offer encouragement. Each day starts afresh so do not continue talk about anything negative from today, rather focus on moving forward.
  • Check if your child needs the toilet or drink at a suitable time before bed so they are not asking for these things after saying goodnight.

The Children's Sleep Charity offers tips on Bedtime Routines and Relaxation Tips for Bedtime.

Helping your Child - Behaviour

Read our advice to Managing Behaviour

Useful Links:

www.empoweringparents.com/

Helping your Child - Motivation for Learning