We have launched our new Barnardos National Parent Support line which is available to any parent or family who needs support. The information it is available at http://www.barnardos.ie/supportline Parents can talk directly to one of our qualified staff who will offer them practical support and guidance in their role as parents during the Covid-19 crisis.
Barnardos provides practical and emotional supports to children and parents in its 41 centres, in families’ own homes, through the school environment, and within communities across Ireland. Last year we worked with over 20,000 children, young people and their families.
The government’s response to Covid-19 has meant that normal routines and sources of support are currently unavailable to many families. Through our dedicated telephone supportline Barnardos staff can provide support and advice to parents on the following issues:
How to talk to your children about the corona virus Setting a good routine Managing children’s behaviours and sibling dynamics Managing aggression and family discord Home schooling/managing school expectations. Fostering natural learning opportunities in the home Healthy eating Accessing fun and educational activities for families and individual children Managing your child’s worries Self-care for parents Helping parents manage their own worries and anxieties Managing children’s online activity
Barnardos also provides specialist services and support in relation to bereavement, adoption and fostering
***Dublin CYPSC - Playful Parenting in a Pandemic Videos***
Dublin CYPSC have released very good videos discussing parenting during the pandemic and how parents can support themselves and their children.
Playful Parenting in a Pandemic - A Play-Filled Guide to Providing Physical, Psychological & Emotional Security for Children & Families in a Time of Crisis. Young people, including infants and toddlers are keen observers of people and environments, noticing and reacting in response to stress in their parents, caregivers, peers and their community at large. They may ask direct questions about what is happening now or what will happen in the future and may behave differently in reaction to strong feelings like fear, worry, sadness and anger in response to the current pandemic. Children can also worry about their own safety and the safety of their loved ones, how they will get their basic needs met, and the uncertainties with respect to the future beyond times of crisis like these. Dublin City South CYPSC commissioned a series of conversational-style presentation videos by psychotherapists Janet Healy & Joanna Fortune as a road-map to support stress and tension using practical play based activities that parents can add to their parental toolkit. They speak directly to parents about the challenges they are currently facing as the country, providing support, comfort and reassurance at a particularly stressful time for families. Each short film will incorporate ‘a call for playful action’, where opportunities for play will become the means through which each identified thematic challenge of the crisis, will be addressed through a series of Parent-led Play Interventions in the family home, using ordinary household and store-cupboard materials such as cotton wool, newspapers, toilet roll, flour and rice.
An introduction video and the 6 thematic series videos can be found via links from the DCS CYPSC webpage, https://www.cypsc.ie/contact-us/playful-parenting-in-a-pandemic-videos-.3166.html Video 1 - Series introduction. Coping with coronavirus anxiety and how to talk about Covid-19 to children and teens Video 2 - Alone, together creating opportunities for familial connection while keeping our distance Video 3 - Challenging behaviour at challenging times. The meaning beneath the behaviour Video 4 - The comfort of routine. How to provide stability and consistency through playful presence in uncertain times Video 5 - Weathering the storm. The importance of nurture and the healing power of touch in parent-child relationships Video 6 - Minding the minder, self-care for parents in challenging times