Covid-19: Support and Resources for Working Parents
Last updated: 28 May 2020
With the impact of COVID-19 on our personal and professional lives growing and changing each day, we are watching developments closely and are constantly considering how we can positively support you through this time. Our platform is currently operating wholly online: planned physical events have been converted to Webinars, a whole new range of Webinars has been scheduled and we're busy writing and commissioning content to share advice and stories on how people are managing their work and families lives in these unusual circumstances. We have set up an online forum to give you the chance to share your concerns and questions with peers, and to support each other.
Below is a list of the Webinars we have planned, relevant articles from us and from our expert contributors and a link to our discussion forum. If you have any suggestions for topics or other supportive ideas, please contact Louisa - we'd love to hear your feedback.
Webinar recordings are available for up to 21 days after livestream: visit our recordings library.Webinar: Supporting our children through uncertainty, change and transitions
Monday 1st June at 12:30pm BST (London time) online
Webinar: Resilience for working parents and carers
Wednesday 3rd June at 12:30pm BST (London time) online
Webinar: Thriving at work
Monday 8th June at 12:30pm BST (London time) online
Webinar: Bringing out the best in your children
Tuesday 9th June at 12:30pm BST (London time) online
Webinar: Financial wellbeing in uncertain times
Wednesday 10th June at 12:30pm BST (London time) online
Webinar: Building your profile and personal brand when you’re working remotely
Monday 22nd June at 12:30pm BST (London time) online
Webinar: Keeping teenagers safe as lockdown eases and school returns
Tuesday 23rd June at 12:30pm BST (London time) online
Webinar: Holding the child's needs in mind when family life gets tough
Monday 6th July at 12:30pm BST (London time) online
Webinar: Summer holidays - heaven or hell? What would you like summer 2020 to be like?
Tuesday 21st July at 12:30pm BST (London time) online
That's not all! There are MANY more webinars coming up - view the full listing here
Our Expert Advice section is packed full of practical tips helping members to balance their work and family lives. Here we have selected the most relevant articles:
Making Memories: in a recent guest blog, shared with us by Rachel Vecht from Educating Matters, the unknown author considers how children will remember this time and the importance of making positive memories.
Back To School: Top Tips to Overcome Separation Anxiety: With some children beginning to returning to school, Anna H Moosuddee, Head of Wellbeing and Senco, Wellesley House School, offers her advice for a smooth return, helping children to adjust to new routines and ease their worries.
Supporting Your Child’s Feelings and Behaviours During the COVID 19 Pandemic: Dr Melita Housley, a clinical psychologist specialising in children and young adults, explains the cause of this change and how you can support your child through this unusual time.
Self care: 5 questions to ask yourself every day: in a short video, anxiety specialist Lianne Weaver, proposes 5 questions that we can ask ourselves to help to boost our resilience and protect our mental wellbeing at this difficult time.
Working from home: productivity, motivation & success: Tougher Minds Founder Dr Jon Finn shares 10 easy-to implement and highly-effective rules to follow.
Supporting our older friends and family: John McGeachy, Campaigns Officer at Age UK London, shares advice and suggestions for supporting older people during this period of Covid-19.
Supporting children's mental health during social isolation: Parenting Coach Nadim Saad offers his advice on how to reduce our children's tension and anxiety during this difficult time.
Top Tips: Working productively at home: For both employers and employees, rapid adjustment to a new way of working will be needed to ensure business continuity; so if you're used to being based in an office, read on for our top tips on how to be productive when working remotely.
Opinion - Five ways to beat anxiety and take back control of your life during the COVID-19 pandemic: Dr Olivia Remes from the University of Cambridge shares her top tips on looking after your mental health during this difficult period.
Q&A - Parenting through Coronavirus: Author and parenting expert, Sarah Ockwell-Smith responds to questions about parenting through the Coronavirus.
Top Tips: Home-Schooling: As many working parents prepare to home-schooling their children, experienced home educator Clare Emerson shares with us her top home education tips.
Top Tips: Working from Home when your partner is too: For many of us, working at home - either occasionally or regularly – has become an accepted feature of our working lives. But what happens when a household with one regular home-worker finds itself with two? Here are our top tips for successful home-working – as a couple.
Effective multitasking: home working and childcare: Anita Cleare from the Positive Parenting Project offers some practical tips for working from home while also looking after children.
Home-School: In a recent blog, Cityparents CEO Louisa Symington-Mills shares her experience of home schooling.
Flexible Working: How to Make it Work: Lucinda Quigley from Talking Talent provides her advice for successful flexible working
Top Tips for Creating a Positive Home: Anita Cleare of The Positive Parenting Project, Rachel Vecht of Educating Matters and Nadim Saad from Best of Parenting share their suggestions for some practical changes you can make to create a more positive home environment for your family.
Wellbeing: Suffering from work / life blur? How to get back in control: Nick Elston - mental health and anxiety speaker; Grace Marshall – author, coach and Productivity Ninja; Rob Bravo – executive coach; and panel moderator Jo Dooley from Allen & Overy explain how
Tips from the Anxiety Guy: How to stop worrying: Nick Elston shares some tips on how to cope with anxiety and minimise its impact on day-to-day life.
In our popular blog, Cityparents members tell us how they are managing family life and work responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. New blogs are published every week and can be found here.
On our podcast series, Cityparents Talk, speakers and members share their expertise and experiences of balancing their own work and home lives. Many of these share perspectives that are especially relevant at this time such as:
- Geraldine Gallacher, CEO of the Executive Coaching Company, explores the potential for real, long-term change in corporate working cultures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Dr Jon Finn, the founder and director of Tougher Minds, talking about building better, healthier habits to succeed and thrive in the City of London.
- Jonathan Bright, who shared his story about the premature birth of his baby daughter and the rollercoaster of emotions and routines that ensued during this distressing and uncertain time.
- Dr Brad Reedy, the parenting expert and author explores the importance of taking care of our own mental health in order to be a better support for our children as they learn to manage the many pressures and stresses of growing up.
See our full list of episodes here, or subscribe via any major podcast platform.
To share your thoughts, questions, concerns with fellow Cityparents members to help support each other please click here.
Other Helpful Resources
We are looking out for helpful content and resources to support you and here are some of our favourites. If you have any other suggestions, please contact Anna.
The Executive Coaching Company's Change4Good Quiz, to help working parents to have a constructive conversation about roles and how they are managing domestic and work responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond.Free online education resources