Self-care for parents – keep it small and steady🤗

We can get through this together if we take care of ourselves and each other.

Parents – do something small and steady for yourself each day. I think it may actually be the only way to survive this current shit storm!

January is often a very difficult and sad time. But of course, this month things will feel even harder. Nothing feels certain, time and money may be strained and the demands on families are higher that ever. 

Parents are literally everything to their children at the moment. But they will only be able to manage all of these (sometimes competing) roles that if they fit their own oxygen masks first – see our detailed blog article on why that is so important here.

We just want to remind everyone:

  • take things slowly, think of hibernation mode
  • don’t expect too much of yourself or each other
  • prioritise winter comforts (fires, candles, reading, baths, films, winter walks)
  • this will pass and spring will come  

For Christmas we sent our psychologists one of these candles from https://www.oldmanandmagpie.com/ – they are so beautifully scented. We loved the Calming one for curling up with a book and have just placed an order for some others to get through January. My book of choice this month is The Little Book of Daily Rituals by Vicki Vrint.

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Take care,

Pocket Family Psychologist

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"Dr Andrea Shortland’s session for MediaCom on a children’s mental health was incredibly informative"

“Dr Andrea Shortland’s session for MediaCom on a children’s mental health was incredibly informative. During the second period of lockdown and home-schooling; parents and children found themselves again in a period of upheaval and transition. Many parents and carers were extremely worried about their children’s mental health and their own ability to be present and engaged whilst also playing the role of teacher and care giver. Dr Shortland gave attendees an insight into how many parents were feeling; tips on supporting children and helping them cope whilst studying from home and also managing their mental health. She also helped us realise the importance of taking care of ourselves in order to effectively support our children. It was such a useful session that we realise it was also pertinent for not only children’s mental health but also adults! We will be holding another session with Dr Andrea and MediaCom soon.”

Avelon Thompson, MediaCom (following a parenting workshop)