Wellbeing for parents and whānau

Even in the best of times parenting can be challenging, frustrating, stressful and hard work. Many parents and carers may feel overwhelmed in the presence of COVID-19.

As we move into the traffic light system, we are able to have increasing contact with others.

However, this will not be the same as it was prior to COVID-19. There will be additional requirements in place based on whether vaccine certificates are used, and things like face coverings and distancing will remain to protect at-risk populations. Although we may still experience some physical isolation, we are all in this together. Remember as parents, mātua, and carers of tamariki we need to protect them as we would a pā tūwatawata/fortress, marae or kainga.

We can all take responsibility to support other whānau as well

Stay connected, check-in and offer support when you can, especially with those who might be doing it extra tough, solo parents, and whānau experiencing financial hardship or family violence.

As whānau, parents and carers of tamariki during this especially tricky time we need to prioritise our own hauora/health and wellbeing so we can support our tamariki, make good decisions and manage additional stress and distress. 

This information is to help you get through this time, and beyond.