How many months in a week?
Top question of the year - or is it just me?! We are officially all with the new normal. This week, we had the pleasure of having author and speaker Ann Douglas lead a conversation on Facebook about parenting through difficult times. In her book Parenting Through the Storm, she outlines how her family made it through a tough period and made it out to the other side. She includes terrific tips on how to do so in your own life, and in an easy-to-understand way. If ever this was relevant, it’s now. Head over to our Facebook page to watch the video.
Let me say this, you’re doing a fantastic job. You’ve been thrown a whammy and kept moving, and for that, you ought to be proud. We’ve seen a growing swell of kindness and community that makes even the most stoic tear up. What a beautiful lesson for our children to learn in real-time. I appreciate this chance to spend higher-quality time with my kids and watch them discover new things about themselves, including how resilient they are in the process.
Let this be our common theme this week - be kind to yourself and to each other.
We know the importance of the village and while we cannot be with each other in person, yet. We have some great upcoming events and ways for us to connect online.
Coffee Chat & Selfcare Wednesday, March 25th at 10:30amJoin us along with Emily Pollak and other parents for an online chat. Think of it as a coffee date, but from the comfort of your own home, or comfortable space.
Grab a cup of tea or coffee, and log in to the video chat with other parents in a casual atmosphere. Register at https://www.lifewithababy.com/event-3793820Managing Anxiety Webinar with Health NexusWe’ve teamed up with Best Start by Health Nexus to provide you with some resources, and information on managing anxiety while social distancing. We’ll also have a session specifically for dads by Brian Russell from Dad Central Ontario on helping new moms at home as they navigate this period after giving birth. Tomorrow Mar 25, at 1:00 PM to 1:45PM EST. We will record this webinar and share for those who cannot make it live. Register here https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2897729215925164045
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Online PMAD Support Group HOPE: A Group For mothers experiencing a Postpartum Mood or Anxiety Disorder : Online Support Group Confidential group - register and then details on how to participate will be emailed out for privacy of everyone https://www.lifewithababy.com/event-3799569
Understanding the COVID-19 Stimulus package
Besides concerns about health and safety, COVID-19 has left us with questions about the economy, our personal finances, and what our government has in place to help. Join Adrian Drew, Senior Consultant, Investors Group Financial Services Inc., as he walks us through the COVID-19 Stimulus Package, including tax benefits and financial support for individuals and businesses. Register here https://www.lifewithababy.com/event-3799581
A week in, you’re probably slowly getting better at knowing what you and your family need to manage every day. Give yourself a pat on the back because that’s no easy feat. Be kind and patient with yourself, your partner, your parents, your kids. You’ve got this. Check out this week’s tips you can put into practice today:
Our founder, Claire Zlobin hopped on Drop of Golden Sun to talk about why Your Family Needs a Mental Health First Aid Plan First
It’s a confusing time with daily and sometimes hourly updates from local and federal government. Get the facts and apply for assistance (when available) from the Government of Canada.
One of our beloved Community Managers, Jill Franks, founder Wholesome Habits Health and Fitness Coaching is hosting live at-home HIIT workouts on Facebook! Bonus - you can do these with the kids buzzing around!
This Globe and Mail article lists some great ideas for what to do with the kids by age group
This One’s For the Kids
Avoid the “I’m bored” mantra and help kids work through their own feelings with these great resources:
Right now it’s tough for kids to navigate their feelings too. The #FromFeartoHope Workbook is a wonderful guide about how to help them work through the feelings a crisis can bring - and it’s free to download.
...and check out this resource from Kids Help Phone for help with pre/teens and mental health resources
The Toronto Songwriting School has generously created a listing of musicians and schools offering free online sing-alongs, livestream concerts, and impromptu performances to keep the joy of music flowing. Check back often!
Check this GREAT video for kids about social distancing and hand-washing from TVO Kids
Stuck for arts and crafts ideas? Check out this free resource for easy step-by-step videos
Just for Fun for all of us working from home while also homeschooling our kids and pretending this is all A-OK!
With SO much love from all of us at LWAB. This too shall pass. With lots of love from our families to yours.
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