COVID-19 - Shared Parenting
Some parents already struggle to work together to jointly care for their children. This may prove even harder during the coronavirus. Try not to let your children overhear arguments and disagreements between you. It can leave children feeling ‘stuck in the middle’ and makes things harder for them.
The virus may cause more financial and practical issues making it extra challenging. The Money Advice Service has information about child maintenance and other money issues *here*.
The relationship may have been abusive and not safe for your child to be around. Some parents may use the current situation to try and control and manipulate. Find out more about coping with this *here*.
If your child is finding changes due to coronavrius or any disagreements it is causing in the family hard to deal with, give them time to talk with you. There is good advice on talking and listening to your child *here*.
This is a stressful time for everyone. When parents look after their own wellbeing it makes a difference to you, and how your child feels too. Talk to family and friends.
If you are struggling access your own help, you can contact Norfolk Wellbeing Services *here*.
Who Can Help?
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme to by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.