As COVID-19 is sweeping the world working from home has become the new norm for many. We are all facing new challenges and financial constraints as we quickly try to adapt to the changing workplace – and the changing world. Many people have lost their jobs and those that still have their jobs are dealing with the dichotomy of feeling gratitude and overwhelm at the same time. It is difficult to change, and the routines in which we used to find comfort have been turned upside down. Many of us who never wanted or expected to work from home are now experiencing the daunting learning curve of remote work. For many this may be their first time working from home in long stretches, and even those who are familiar with working from home are now dealing with the new reality of 24/7 social distancing.
As self isolation becomes a reality for many of us, we are finding ourselves in long-term close quarters with our family and loved ones. Many of us used to complain we did not get enough time with those we love, and now we have that opportunity in abundance. Who better to be close to than our loved ones, and what better place to be together than the comfort of our own homes? Well, this much togetherness combined with an acutely stressful period in human history can make for some challenges as well as gifts.
Here are some tips on how to mange your relationship and family time during the COVID-19 crisis.
The coronavirus has just been declared a pandemic by the World Heath Organization, meaning that it is likely to spread to all countries in the world. This does not mean we give up on efforts to contain it, but rather we need to continue to support public health interventions that can limit the spread of the virus even where it is transmitting on this scale. The news and social media are constantly updating on developments pertaining to the coronavirus. The anxiety surrounding the coronavirus is high in the world right now, and this anxiety can become overwhelming to our children who are witnessing this alarming situation. No matter what age or stage it is important to connect with your children and have conversations about the coronavirus.
Here are some tips on how to manage these conversations.
September is the “New Year” for most children and youth as they enter the school year. Here are some tips for parents on how to deal with “Stresstember” and how parents can support children/teens in dealing with the back to school anxiety/reality.
As a Divorce and Separation Specialist who has assisted many families during family transitions, I have commonly guided parents in how to talk with their children about Divorce and Separation. Although many parents dread having this difficult conversation with their children – if it is done well it can build more secure parent child relationships. As a counsellor working with youth and families it is inevitable that one will encounter parents who are separating, and it is valuable to have some practical tips for parents as they lead their children through a changing family landscape. As a counsellor you may also be going through your own family changes at some point and struggling with how to help your children while you help others. Challenging events and difficult conversations are part of life and can be opportunities for growth. Talking to children about these difficult topics can demonstrate to them that the adults have their best interests at heart, and that they can come to the adults for information and guidance.