Covid-19: Support and Resources for Working Parents

With the impact of COVID-19 on our personal and professional lives growing and changing each day, we are watching the developments closely and are constantly considering how we can use our resources to positively support you and each other through this time. To this end, we will be moving the Cityparents network offering wholly online for the next few weeks. Planned physical events are being converted to webinars, 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.

Webinars 

Webinar: Managing Family Life During Social Distancing (Recording available)
Wednesday 25th March at 12:30pm GMT (London time) online

Webinar: Adapting to Remote Work
Wednesday 1st April at 12:30pm BST (London time) online

Webinar: Navigating through Stressful and Uncertain Times
Thursday 2nd April at 12:30pm BST (London time) online

Webinar: Supporting Children Emotionally During Uncertain Times
Tuesday 7th April at 12:30pm  BST (London time) online

Webinar: Helping Children Learn at Home
Wednesday 8th April at 12:30pm BST (London time) online

Webinar: How to Boost Wellbeing and Resilience
Thursday 16th April at 12:30pm BST (London time) online

Webinar: The Power of Nutrition to Support the Immune System
Wednesday 22nd April at 12:30pm BST (London time) online

Webinar: Presence and Patience for Parents
Thursday 23rd April at 12:30pm BST (London time) online

Webinar: The Power of Mentoring
Monday 27th April at 12:30pm BST (London time) online

Webinar: Three Levels of Influence
Wednesday 29th April at 12:30pm BST (London time) online

Webinar: How to Improve Productivity and Get More Done in Less Time
Thursday 30th April at 12:30pm BST (London time) online

Webinar: The Mindset of Success
Tuesday 5th May at 12:30pm BST (London time) online

Webinar: Exploring Your Purpose in Career and Life
Thursday 7th May at 12:30pm BST (London time) online

Webinar: Supporting Children's Mental Health
Tuesday 12th May at 12:30pm BST (London time) online

Webinar: Talking Anxiety
Wednesday 13th May at 12:30pm BST (London time) online

Webinar: Your Path to Great Sleep
Thursday 14th May at 12:30pm BST (London time) online

Expert Advice

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: 

Q&A - Parenting through Coronavirus: Author and parenting expert, Sarah Ockwell-Smith responds to questions about parenting through the Coronavirus. 

Top Tips: Home-SchoolingAs 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 WorkLucinda 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 controlNick 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 worryingNick Elston shares some tips on how to cope with anxiety and minimise its impact on day-to-day life.

Podcasts

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:

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.

Online Forum

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.

Advice for carers from Carers UK

Coronavirus – what are my rights? Guidance from Working Families 

Staying at home checklist

How to structure your day at home with the kids

Family days tried and tested

Twinkl - teaching resources

Free worksheets at education.com

Education companies offering free subscriptions

Useful resources that support distance learning

Talking to children about Coronavirus

The Role of Corporations in Spreading or Containing the Pandemic

Free online education resources

 

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We are monitoring closely implications of the spread of Coronavirus. In accordance with advice provided by Public Health England, we respectfully ask that you avoid attending any Cityparents or Cityworks events if you have travelled to, or via, any location where there has been an outbreak and/or community transmission of COVID-19 within 14 days of the date of the event. It is possible events taking place in the near-term may be cancelled or postponed; please keep an eye on our website for updates.