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Parental stress during Coronavirus - some tips to keep things calmer at home

Parenting is joyful and challenging all at once. As we navigate the Coronavirus lockdown we are spending more time tighter, often juggling work, school and domestic priorities. It is not easy for the big and smaller members of any family right now and staying sane and looking after each other is so vital. The following article is written, drawing on key external references, to offer some tips on how to steer your family through the current period.

Parenting has its ups and downs on an average week. On a good day, the joys of seeing your children achieve new milestones, of spending quality time together can be incredible. However, when you throw in a dose of work related stress, personal anxiety and a global pandemic in the mix, things can get a lot harder, fast. 

Leslie E. Roos, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba and Jessica Flannery, Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon have compiled a useful visual checklist. They have identified, eight key areas to protect and be mindful of at this time of flux: 

1. Notice what’s going well – it’s too easy to focus on the negatives - taking time to praise and affirm a kind act, a great attitude or a lovely response to an activity, can make all the difference. 

2. Plan (a little) - their routines have been up-ended so offering some structure can make all the difference: outside exercise, reading together, creative time, lunch together - setting up some daily norms can be reassuring. Giving them some choices too is important. We are not expected to replicate school 

3. Get down to their level - play-time and close time are important to build positive feelings right now. Reaching out, in between work calls, can help return closeness and reduce frustrations. 

4. Give good directions - being clear and calm (as possible) when making a request can help to keep things steady. When we are feeling frazzled we tend to be short. Our children pick up on this. if you are struggling to get them to come on board - incentivise. "If you help me with this - you can have the choice of this..."  It’s absolutely ok to dangle a carrot at times like this. 

5. Take a step back - if you recognise you are feeling stressed and are not able to communicate in a positive way it’s better to step back. I have found that admitting to my son, "I'm feeling stressed, I'm need to be on my own right now," can sometimes diffuse creeping tension. Taking a deep square breath (4 in, hold 4, exhale 4, hold 4) really works to bring that anxiety down.  

6. Choose not to react (when you can) - this is not easy, especially when you have several things piling on top of you. Trying to ignore challenging behaviour is helpful if we can. Counting to 10, walking away, whatever it takes not to explode is the best option. Sometimes even blowing a raspberry or being silly can pull us out of the 'mood.'

7. Reset and move on (when you can’t) - sometimes we don't follow the best path and we can erupt at each other. This can be really unpleasant when we're cooped up together. Admitting our mistakes and saying sorry can go a long way, along with a cuddle and a treat. A bit of TV time and a slab of chocolate can go a long way. 

8. Be generous with affection - making time to check in with each other, to say 'I love you,' to ask 'how are you?' to reach out with a hug. All these things are soothing and stabilising when we are all feeling out of kilter.                                                     



Hull City Council has launched a Hull Helpline (01482 300307) to support vulnerable residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The helpline has been set up for those who may have no other means of support and who may need help to access essential items and services including food, health and wellbeing and financial advice.

It is available seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. Residents should register their need for support through an online form which is now live on the council’s website hull.gov.uk or by calling the Hull Helpline number on 01482 300307.

Please share details of this page with anyone who would benefit from the support available.

Read the full details on the HullCCNews.

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Food Bank

St Philips Bilton Grange, (in partnership with St Hilda's Greatfield, St Giles Marfleet and St Margaret's Welcome Centre Longhill) are running a food bank in response to an increased level of food poverty in our communities as a result of covid-19. 

They operate on Fridays 10-12. People can knock on the door for a household appropriate food parcel or we deliver to those unable to collect. They ideally need to know by Wednesday evening if people need delivery or are coming to pick up so they can prepare the right number of food parcels on Thursday.

They are currently helping anyone on Longhill, Bilton Grange, Greatfield, Marfleet and Preston Rd, who asks. If there are families you are particularly concerned about, or you think could do with help, you can pass them this number 07929733555. 

Mindheart - COVID Book for Children in 18 Languages

Please click on the link to find a book for children under 7 to help them understand Coronavirus - it has been translated into many different languages, including Romanian, Polish, Portugese and Hungarian.



Advice for Key Workers with Children

File icon: pdf Advice for keyworker parents - helping your child adapt [pdf 370KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf When your parent is a keyworker - advice for children and young people [pdf 3MB] Click to download

Mental Health Helpline

Humber Young Peoples Urgent Mental Health 24/7 Helpline– 01482 301701 option 2
This helpline offers mental health support and advice for young people up to the age of 18 years in urgent need of help.  It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The service is also available for family members, carers and professionals who are concerned about a young person.
You will speak to Call Handlers who are experienced in talking to young people and adults in distress and provide guidance to help you manage the situation and your feelings.  They  have information on all the health, social and voluntary services available to support you. They will refer to these services or make an appointment if this is needed. They may also decide you need a crisis response from our CAMHS Crisis Team.  If this is the case the CAMHS Crisis Team will contact you to agree what support you need which could include a visit to your home from one of our CAMHS Crisis Clinicians

Citizens Advice Information

File icon: pdf CAHER Access Pathways East Riding [pdf 60KB] Click to download

Help and Advice

Attached is a list of services that may be helpful to families, some of the services families need to be registered to use.  Please see documents below.

File icon: docx Donate Fareshare [docx 48KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Coping-family-life-during-the-lockdown-final-version-09.04.2020 [pdf 198KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf DA Support Poster COVID 19 [pdf 278KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf InCels Briefing (NPM) [pdf 280KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Useful Contact Numbers [pdf 17KB] Click to download
File icon: docx FF Membership Form August 2018 [docx 103KB] Click to download
File icon: docx FOOD SUPPORT [docx 37KB] Click to download
File icon: docx INFANT FEEDING ADVICE [docx 17KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf ABM-relactation-breastfeeding (1) [pdf 113KB] Click to download


Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through partner organisations.



Online Support for Young People

Kooth.com is an award winning and innovative online counselling and support service which is now available to all young people across Hull between 11-25 years old. It is a safe, confidential and anonymous way for young people to access emotional wellbeing and early intervention mental health support.

Fully trained and qualified counsellors and emotional wellbeing practitioners are available until 10pm each night, 365 days per year, providing a much needed out-ofhours service for emotional support in an accessible way.


Support with Learning Disabilities

Document below contains information we have received from the school nursing team regarding support for families/carers of people with learning disabilities through the Coronavirus restrictions.

File icon: pdf LD-Senate-Coronavirus-resources-for-use-by-families-27.3.2020 [pdf 1MB] Click to download