Published: April 3, 2020


Parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic is a unique challenge for all parents, caregivers and families. Children and parents are anxious, and families are under pressure like never before.

“There are a lot of questions people have about how to do this,” said Life Course Centre Chief Investigator Professor Matt Sanders, Director of the Parenting & Family Support Centre at The University of Queensland and founder of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program.

In response, Professor Sanders and Associate Professor Vanessa Cobham from UQ’s School of Psychology have developed a free online tool providing practical evidence-based tips for parents and carers in these uncertain times.

TOP 10 TIPS:

  1. Reassure your children that your family is your top priority
  2. Maintain everyday family routines
  3. Have plenty of interesting things to do at home
  4. Take notice of behaviour you like
  5. Make sure your child knows you are ready to talk
  6. Be truthful in answering children’s questions
  7. Have a family plan of action
  8. Help children learn to tolerate more uncertainty
  9. Take care of yourself the best you can
  10. Reach out and connect with loved ones

Download the full tip sheet here.

Visit the Triple P parenting website here.

Professor Sanders said parenting has a crucial role to play in mitigating the potential long-term negative impacts of COVID-19 on children, particularly in relation to mental health. While parents and families are juggling multiple demands and major changes to routines, he said parents need to try and stay as calm and as in control as possible to help children come out the other side.

“Parents are under enormous pressure with families all under the one roof, juggling work, school and maintaining a household, as well as dealing with the emotions brought about by the constant updates and messages,” he said.

“A new COVID-19 online resource has been added to the Triple P Online program giving practical steps and strategies to help parents reduce stress and cope with changes such as uncertainty, financial stress, trying to home-school, working at home and upsetting news reports.”

“It’s important parents don’t put too much pressure on themselves by searching for the perfect solution, allow themselves to make mistakes and to remember this stage will pass.”

The Triple P COVID-19 online resource will be updated progressively in coming weeks and months.

Listen to the Parenting in a Pandemic podcast series here.

Watch the Parenting during COVID-19 online seminar below:

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