In these uncertain times, we have lost that feeling of control that we have over our lives. All of us are anxious; anxious because our normal has gone and we have not yet formed a new normal. But we will, in time.
We need to hold onto our families as this is the one thing that it is a constant. Perhaps we can take this time to get back to our true family values; spend time with each other, laugh and play together. We are so lucky in Auckland, we have beaches and parks, bush walks, hills to climb, ducks to feed.
We must not lose our sense of humour, laughing is such a great way to release stress. Find the funny side of things with your children. One of my daughters is overseas so our family had a group video chat last night and all we did was laugh, it made each of us feel good to just be a normal family for a few minutes.
One of the best pieces of advice I have read in the New Zealand Herald to date: While scientists work to find a vaccine for coronavirus, there’s already an antidote for helping everyone get through the mental distress it was causing, and we have it, Robinson said.
“One of the big antidotes to this is kindness and connection to one another. Look for ways to help others. We can control that.”
Should the prime minister order schools to close, we have a contingency plan whereby teachers will be posting work on their class site for children to do. Teachers will still be working at home during the normal school hours so they will be checking in with children, commenting on what work children are saving in their Google folders. We will be in touch with parents via email to explain the plan when / if the situation unfolds.
It is Covid 19 or the flu or a cold?
Here is a very helpful chart for parents which may help you understand the differences between these three illnesses. The chart was developed by New Zealand microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles.