What is holding your family together?
The pandemic is presenting families with new challenges. While it is true that we are all in the same boat, it is also true that we are not. As BBC Newsnight presenter, Emily Maitlis, pointed out this week, bus drivers, nurses, shopworkers and care workers who are paid disproportionately paid lower wages are also more likely to catch coronavirus because they are overexposed.
Different families are contending unique ordeals as some enjoy staying at home together with space to play in the garden or nearby parks. Others living in tower blocks or overcrowded areas face more considerable challenges of confinement as one cannot escape and find a bit of quiet time.
Women already at risk of domestic violence are now more likely to find it at every turn and children subjected to abuse or neglectwill suffer a similar fate. As stress increases, the potential for traumatisation increases. The pandemic has not been a great ‘leveller’.
We Experience Unique Challenges
Whatever your situation, you will no doubt experience unique challenges. None of us has faced such confinement and restriction as we face now. As you discover the daily events and how to navigate them as best as you can, you’ll make mistakes and learn valuable lessons – I know I have!
In this week’s round, I’ve put together several resources to help you work your way through the stress and tension placed on families. Just yesterday, 17 years old Linnet inspired me with her poem – Quarantine. See what you make of it:
I didn’t know I’d miss waiting
at traffic lights, waiting for a burst
of colour, a static of sound.
I didn’t know I’d miss noise,
crowds, the breath of rain
as it hits parched tarmac, being
near enough to hear people’s
breath. I didn’t I was only
exactly alone when I was
walking home from school, or
to the shops. I didn’t
realise it was the in-
The Openforwards Weekly Round-Up
The Openforwards Weekly Round-Up of ideas from around the world to help you work, love, play and feel better.
- How do you manage confinement with families during the coronavirus pandemic? Video interview with Jim Lucas
- Helping children and teenagers cope with change, isolation and uncertainty Article from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
- How to manage family tensions while self-isolating together Article from Family Action, charity building stronger families and brighter futures
- Missing your loved ones? These coping strategies can help Article on Stylist by Sarah Biddlecombe
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