Kia ora koutou katoa,

It’s been a tough couple of months for some and I hope everyone is doing okay? Remember there is help out there if you need it.

The Ministry of Health has COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing resources on their website to help you and your loved ones! Click the button below to check it out.

Denise Green
Upper South Regional Coordinator
03 929 6578 or 027 369 3333

Lockdown has had the added benefit of more whānau (family) time, time to relax and have fun with your tamariki (children). Caregivers have told me they are being kinder to themselves this time around with home schooling, particularly those who are also working. However, many have told me the schools have more expectations of the children, which is fine for children who are settled, secure, and have good attachment. If that’s not the case for your child, then please know the relationship you are building with your child has as much value for their future learning as the “three r’s” (Reading, writing, and arithmetic). Pat yourself on the back!

When things get a bit difficult, remember it all comes down to relationship, relationship, relationship. By making encouraging statements like “I’m here when you need me” and reaffirming your love for them, “I’m so glad you’re in my life”, works wonders for those difficult teenage years. I was one of those, so I know! Keep the lines of communication open with inviting smiles and quiet friendly tones that are less threatening to that teen brain.

Ngā mihi nui,

Have you joined our closed Facebook Group?

As a member of Caring Families Aotearoa you have exclusive access to our CLOSED Facebook groups. These are only open to caregivers that are members of Caring Families Aotearoa. This allows our members a platform to seek support, information and resources.

Click the link below to join!

Upper South Support Closed Facebook Group