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COVID-19 has created a new set of challenges for parents/carers. Juggling remote learning with work and financial pressures, reduced access to home-based health services, and physical isolation from family/friends have all increased demands on parents.
How does COVID-19 impact kids? In our sixth and final podcast episode of 'Parenting in the age of coronavirus', host Professor Sharon Goldfeld leads a discussion with internationally-recognised child health experts from Murdoch Children's Research Institute - Associate Professor Kirsten Perrett and Professor David Burgner - about their research into COVID-19 and its impact on children and adolescents in Australia.
What can parents of secondary schoolers do to support their children to safely transition back to school? In our forth podcast episode internationally-recognised child health researchers, and adolescent psychologist and psychiatrist from Murdoch Children's Research Institute - Professor George Patton and Dr Lisa Mundy - provide tips on positive change, creating new routines and dealing with disruption in school.
What can parents of young people aged 12-17 do to support their wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic? In our third episode of Parenting in the age of coronavirus podcast, internationally-recognised child and adolescent health researchers and paediatricians from MCRI provide useful tips on anxiety, boundary pushing and talking to teenagers.
What can parents of children aged 6-12 do to support their wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic? In our second episode of Parenting in the age of coronavirus podcast, internationally-recognised child health researchers and paediatricians from MCRI provide useful tips on screen time, education in the home and keeping connected.
What can parents of children aged 0-5 do to support their wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic? In our first episode of Parenting in the age of coronavirus podcast, Internationally-recognised child health researchers and paediatricians from Murdoch Children's Research Institute provide useful tips on wellbeing to help your child thrive.
These are challenging times for all families. There is a lot going on for parents and for children. Inevitably there is a disruption of regular family routines – home learning for school age children, parents working from home, not being able to see grandparents and friends, being locked out of playgrounds and sporting facilities.
One of the most important defences we have against COVID-19 is soap and water. That’s because the virus is pretty weak when it comes to soap. Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water – for at least 20 seconds – can destroy its structure and send it down the drain.