How is your week going? Are you, like all of us, a bit over being in lockdown? A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how anxiety may be affecting our children. I said that the upside was that we could spend time with them, go for walks, go to the park. Two weeks on and that rosy glow approach to lockdown just isn’t working.
I read in today’s NZ Herald that a business consultancy Rutherford analysed about 435,318 social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Instagram from the past two weeks to get a snapshot of how New Zealanders were feeling about Covid-19. The results were not unexpected:
72% had negative views on politics and the government response.
75% had negative views about the economy and jobs.
78% had anxieties about the virus, conspiracies and the new normal.
55% had anxieties around uniting against the virus, compliance and protests.
Actually, reading this article made me feel better. It assured me that I wasn’t alone in my anxiety, and, at risk of being flippant, we are all now united in our anxieties! So, if we are feeling anxious about the bigger impact of Covid on our lives, I think it is a safe bet that our children are feeling anxious about the more personal effects of Covid on their lives. Perhaps mum or dad has lost their job. Perhaps they are hearing talk amongst adults about downsizing houses or selling cars or belongings. They don’t have a normal weekday because they aren’t at school, but neither are they on holiday. Social media is awash with conspiracy theories and even though our children are theoretically too young, many of them have Instagram or Tik Tok accounts. They are seeing adults with masks and conversely adults without masks.
We can’t wrap our children in cotton wool, we can’t pretend that nothing bad is happening around the world. Yes walks in the park are fun, but still the anxiety is all around us. Many adults and children don’t appear to be anxious so we assume they are coping, but often, their behaviour gives us the clues. They are quick to cry over small things. They are fighting with their siblings. They are having trouble falling asleep. They snap back over simple things. They are clingy, perhaps crying when you go out. Writing bleak notes about how they are feeling.
So how can we mitigate the anxiety? I am not an expert, so I can’t give you any answers. What I can do is urge you to be mindful of your children’s state of mind and don’t underestimate their ability to cope with the effects of Covid on their lives. Here is the link to the government’s Covid 19 website which has excellent information about ensuring your well being and your children’s well being. Covid 19 Well-Being
On a brighter note, children are back to school on Monday, we are all very much looking forward to having them back. While they aren’t here I get so much work done, but what’s a school without children? I miss them!
One of our lovely mothers, Victoria Martinez Azaro, has forwarded this to me. Victoria has also just finished making 1000 masks for the migrant and refugee communities. We are lucky to have so many wonderful people in our VAS community. I thought you might find it helpful:
I have a sewing blog and since the pandemic started I have shared my free patterns and downloadable pdf instructions for my readers to make their own facemasks at home.
Surprisingly for me my facemasks patterns have been used by 15 000 of my readers to date (most overseas) and now I am making a point to share these patterns and instructions to all my kiwi friends since I know they work really well and are easy to make. Please feel free to share if you think it would be helpful to the families in the school community and I am also happy to run a demo at school to show mums how to do it when we are able to do so (if that would be helpful). However, its really easy to follow the instructions in the blog.
Victoria Martinez Azaro
We have moved back into reception and our offices. The only interior change you will notice is that we have new carpet! The front entrance also looks modern now with a new roof line. It is looking very smart. Please note that the builders will still be working on the exterior of the main entrance for another two weeks. You are able to access reception through the doors at the bottom of dragon drive.
Contact Tracing at Level 2 – Drop Off and After School Pickup
The same organisation for the previous level 2. Before school please drop your children at the gate from 8.15.
After school, children will be brought to the gate where you will be waiting 2 metres apart at the following times:
2.45 – Year 1
2.50 – year 2
2.55 – years 3, 4
3.00 – years 5, 6
Please note that older children will be released at the same time as their youngest sibling.
During level 2, please only come into school if it is absolutely necessary. We will have the Contact Tracing QR codes at all 4 gates. If you do not have the app, I suggest you download it. Otherwise, you will need to fill in the book at reception.