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Parenting During the National ‘Lock Down’

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As South Africa entered a national ‘lock down’ and families were confined to their homes, a new and unknown set of challenges rose on the horizon. One of the many challenges involves how to help children make sense of current circumstances and manage the confusion, disappointment, excitement(!) and very understandable fears and anxieties about Coronavirus and ‘lock down’.

Luckily, World Health Organisation (WHO) has produced a series of posters to aid parents and ensure a meaningful time together, considering:

  • One-of-One Time
  • Keeping it Positive
  • Structure Up
  • Bad Behaviour
  • Keep Calm and Manage Stress
  • Talking about COVID-19

These posters are available here: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Healthy Parenting.

Coronavirus Anxiety

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How do we cope with the threat of a global epidemic such as Coronavirus?

In this podcast, local Capetonian psychologist Carly Abramovitz addresses some of the matters related to the current set of circumstances facing the human race in South Africa and beyond.

The full podcast can be found on your regular podcast software under ‘On the couch with Carly’ or this latest episode can be streamed from her website here: https://onthecouchwithcarly.com/coronavirus-anxiety/

Talking to your child about scary world news

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In this digital age, access to information is easier than ever before. While this has obvious educational and communicative benefits, the repercussions for an anxious mind can be quite serious, and particularly upsetting for children who may not appreciate the information as well as an adolescent or adult. Mental Health Foundation (UK) has put together a list of ten top tips to help you mediate ‘scary’ world news for children:

1. A news blackout is rarely helpful
2. Let them know the facts
3. Discourage overexposure
4. Let your children know they are safe
5. Let them know that it is normal to be concerned
6. Tailor the conversation to their age
7. Find the right time to talk about it
8. Leave lots of space for questions
9. Allow for repetition
10. Be as truthful as possible

Further detail about each of these tips can be found on the Mental Health Foundation article page: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/talking-to-your-children-scary-world-news.

Overcoming the fear of failiure

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In a post on Quora, Evan Asano, CEO of Mediakix.com offered a response to the question: “How can I overcome the fear of failiure?” 

His response included an anecdote from his time as a high school hockey player, and a particularly meaningful life lesson extracted from a coaching session. That day, the coach taught his students about pushing the limits of their comfort zone, about taking risks in pursuit of ‘failure’, for the sake of developing a ‘new normal’ and reframing their fear.

He summarises the lesson with the following steps towards overcoming fear:

  • Reframe failure
  • Understand your fear
  • Counter fear with confidence
  • Take action
  • Ignore the fear
  • Challenge the fear
  • Debunk fearlessness

For the full explanation of these points and Evan’s full response, click through to the original post:

https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-overcome-the-fear-of-failure-1/answer/Evan-Asano