It might be tricky adjusting to being at home...

It's usually a fast transition and we might feel like we're scrambling a little or feeling a bit 'wobbly'. That's totally normal. Take some big deep breaths before putting some things in place to keep things restful and totally back to a healthy normality.

Tips to keep things cool while staying home:

  • Figure out a plan. We love this from SKIP that guides you through just that!
  • Have a light structure to your day that includes your ordinary wake up and bed time routines.
  • Add in some things to help you all feel good too and nurture your wellbeing too. The 5 ways to wellbeing will do exactly this. They're super simple to sprinkle into your days too!
  • Some gentle ways to nurture you will be important. We've created this Wellbeing Workbook, that you and your tamariki can use to reflect and find some positive things to brighten the day.

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  • You might like to discover your strengths together and think about one strength you can ‘dial up’ in the tricky moments or when everyone’s feeling a bit hōhā. We've got this covered - Discover Your Strengths as a whānau
  • Add calm to your day so that it becomes a focus for your whānau – try Tummy Breathing, Hikitia he Hā, Siva Samoa or Cosmic Kids Yoga. We’re big fans of the saying ‘what you focus on, you get more of!’
  • Make a ’Chill Time’ list of the things the kids can do independently, and like doing. Then when the goings getting tough, call Chill Time and let everyone spend time apart doing one of their Chill Time list activities – even if it means the dishes have to wait or you’re half way through the baking they were super keen on 3 minutes ago – give everyone permission (as well as yourself) to just chill out.
  • Heading outside to your backyard will still be important for your wellbeing. Here's 40 ka pai things that you can do there.