LYFS, the Letterkenny Youth and Family Support Service is running an online support group for families. The next meeting happens TONIGHT Monday 20 April at 8:30pm. You can find the link below to get into the meeting. It is recommended that you just use your audio and not your video for these meetings.
Families are all facing many challenge these days but are managing to find positives in the experience of lockdown too. These include
Family Meals- All preparing and eating together
More interaction between family members including teenagers
Having time to reflect on what is important in life (for parents)
Getting to know children better- their interests, friends and hobbies
Happy to be at home with children
Less stress (No rushing around, less pressure externally to get things done)
Having more energy to enjoy time spent with children
Teaching children new life skills- cooking, cleaning, tying shoes etc.
Being thankful and grateful for having family
Opportunity to explain to siblings about additional needs within family
But of course there are the challenges and these can include:
- Keeping routines- waking up and going to bed
- Monitoring social media/screen time- children need to connect with their friends but not at 3am!
- Co-parenting- Social Distancing and Cocooning
- Education- Home schooling and those getting ready for Leaving Cert.
- Parenting alone and shopping- lack of support network
The positives and the challenges are so familiar to many of us. If you could do with the support of a group and the opportunity to talk to other parents then why not get involved tonight?
Monday 20th April (tonight)@ 8.30pm via Zoom
Meeting ID: 832 862 344
Next meeting link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/
832862344?pwd= dXdmTFhuWnpoby9UV2J6K2w2Ukpvdz 09
LYFS can be contacted on 0861237917 / email@example.com. / facebook-Lyfscommunity project (Private Message)for anyone who requires support to join the group, or for any parenting support needs.