Parents with children of any age may be dealing with additional layers of worry and stress as they help their children adapt to the lifestyle changes we are all now experiencing. The younger ones amongst us have also had their lives flipped upside down and may not have the ability to comprehend it in the same way that adults can.

Here are a few recommendations to help you better connect with your children and hopefully keep their minds busy for a little while as well.

‘Parental as Anything’ Podcast on ABC Listen

For parents who are currently working through the challenge of helping their children navigate this difficult time, we recommend taking a few minutes to sit down with a cup of tea to listen to the Parental as Anything Podcast on ABC Listen. The recent episode “How to talk to your kids about COVID-19 and guide your family through it” promises to steer you through how you can talk to your children about COVID-19 and provides you with ideas on what you can do to lower the stress in your home, which will not just help your children survive this period, but thrive.

Parental as Anything (hosted by Maggie Dent) also has heaps of other episodes that you can delve into when you’ve had enough coronavirus content for one day!

Parlour Games for Modern Families

by Myfanwy Jones and Spiri Tsintziras

If you are trying to limit your family’s screen time but are stuck for ideas, see if you can pick up a copy of Parlour Games for Modern Families – it is a book packed with ideas for games using only things you will find in your average home – a pack of cards, a dictionary, dice, paper, and pen. There are games for all ages that will bring the whole family together and bring some joy and connection back into your living room!

Cooking For Kids

with Jamie & Buddy Oliver

Keep your children busy in the kitchen with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and his son Buddy, who have created a YouTube series called Cooking For Kids. Buddy demonstrates how to cook pancakes, scrambled eggs, spaghetti bolognaise and lots more in a fun and engaging style. It’s a great way to get your kids helping out in the kitchen, and they will hopefully learn a thing or two along the way!

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