As a parent it’s always hard to see your children going through a struggle. It’s even worse when you feel like there’s not much that you can do about it.
COVID has been affecting our children for over 18 months now and the new normal can take its toll. In addition, each time there’s a lockdown, schooling goes online, they can’t see their friends, and their world is bombarded by additional rules; it makes their lives that little bit harder.
Combine all that with the fact that high schoolers are already under a lot of pressure and they’re dealing with a really difficult developmental phase in their lives, the results could be hitting them hard.
We also know that as parents, this COVID journey is far from a walk in the park for you either. We’ve found a few articles with some tips and resources that may help you to support your children:
- COVID-19: talking with teenagers about physical distancing and self-isolation
- How to support teenagers during the coronavirus crisis
- Supporting your teen’s wellbeing during coronavirus
- ReachOut have a variety of resources available on their page
- Parent Resources from UQ
Need to talk?
If you’re worried about your child’s schooling, it’s best to email their teachers or the school principal. They’ll be able to tell you what help is available and how to access it, or perhaps offer you some reassurance.
Worried about the next step after high school? If your child is a Year 12 right now, you can contact organisations yourself to ask for help or advice. Tertiary Admission Centres who process lots of university applications or the universities and other higher education providers themselves, will all have someone available to speak with you. If you can’t get through on the phone the chat bots, emails, or enquiry forms are also a good way to ask for help or information.
Of course if you’d like to speak to a professional for more help for your child or children’s wellbeing, don’t forget that you’re also eligible to call any of the helplines available around Australia. Again you might be able speak to someone directly, chat online, or even email them for help and information.
If you’re really struggling and are worried about your tween or teen, contact your GP, they’ll be able to let you know about what services are available locally and they’ll probably be able to help you to get the support that you need.