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Lockdown life is pretty much the pits, isn’t it? You’re not alone if you’re tired of parenting during lockdown, and run right out of ideas for entertaining the kids and keeping their minds stimulated. Thankfully a new initiative is here to help us out.

Families all around the country are doing things tough, particularly in regards to mental health. With a very large portion of New South Wales residents in lockdown since late June, many are in desperate need for a little bit of help. Despite the current times presenting many challenges, it is a chance to create some truly magical memories and remember that everyone is still together.

“The instability and unpredictably of recent months has taken its toll on people across the state. Before COVID 19 reached our shores, roughly 5 per cent of Australians reported moderate to severe symptoms of depression, but by April 2020 with the nation in its first lockdown this figure increased five-fold,” The Family Project initiative revealed.

The Family Project hopes to support the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of NSW families through targeted and topical daily activities. Each day they’ll be releasing a new activity, all to be delivered to families online.

Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women, Bronnie Taylor, said with families having to continuously adjust to a new normal, it is important Australians don’t neglect their wellbeing. “The current COVID-19 crisis is extremely challenging for both parents and children who feel overwhelmed and exhausted by the constant demands of remote learning, working from home and the juggling of competing expectations,” Mrs Taylor said.

The Family Project is a completely free initiative that launched this week. It aims to support families with building connection, resilience and togetherness within their household through this time of crisis. A collaboration between perinatal mental health organisation, Gidget Foundation Australia (GFA) and parenting support organisation, Tresillian, The Family Family Project is also an initiative of the NSW Government.

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CEO of Gidget Foundation Australia, Arabella Gibson said, “When considering how a family connects, it’s important to remember that adult interpretations of COVID-19 are very different to that of young people. For a person of 50 years old, this pandemic has taken up 3% of their life. Most of their time on earth has been as an adult, meaning they have much more life experience, wisdom, perspective, and understanding that the pandemic will pass.”

“However, for an 8-year-old, this pandemic has taken up nearly 20% of their life. It’s more likely that children would believe the relentless stream of negativity and fixate on the challenges of the pandemic. With this in mind, adults have an enormous responsibility to ensure young people are hearing alternative and positive narratives at home.”

“That’s why we’re launching The Family Project – to support parents in being thoughtful and engaged role-models as we know that can be a lot harder in practice than it sounds. If as a community we can demonstrate how it’s possible to be part of the solution, everyone will benefit,” Ms Gibson said.

“Being a parent is a tough job and in times of crisis the adults have to gather the strength to hold the family up and keep the mood a positive and hopeful one. The daily activities released by The Family Project will spark imagination, creativity and provide structure in a time when this is hard to come by,” shared the CEO of Tresillian, Associate Professor Robert Mills.

You can find our more information, and check out the daily activity at The Family Project.

  • Really, it’s no different to having the kids home for school holidays. I just don’t understand why so many people are doing so much complaining about lockdowns

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  • What a great idea for making life in lockdown a little less stressful. In times like this it is hard to know what different things to do to keep young minds active and engaged.

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  • What an amazing initiative! Lockdown has been hard. So glad we’re finally opening up now!

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  • What a fantastic initiative. Looking forward to trying out some of the suggestions on the website and Instagram page.

    It is great to see so many initiatives to support mental health, which has traditionally not been talked about. Though it is sad to think what has occurred to make it more prominent.

    The time we have been in lock down has been put in perspective with the statistic that 20% of an 8 year olds life has been in a pandemic – that is a large proportion!

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  • My son and daughter inlaw live in Melbourne. They’ve both continued to work throughout all lockdowns and my grandson has always been in lockdown. I guess they’re the lucky ones???

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  • I take my hat off to my daughter in laws who have managed to cope so well during lockdown & still have the time to give my grandkids the fun they need.

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  • Lockdown would certainly be very different if I wasn’t a parent.

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  • Lockdown is so tiring for everyone.

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  • I love that Covid has brought the topic of ‘Mental Health’ into the fore. Let’s continue to normalise these discussions and initiatives :)

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  • Great tips – feel so sorry for all those caught up with home schooling. I know my grandchildren are hating it too.

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  • What a great initiative! This is very much needed during these tough times.

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  • What a great website! I’m going to share it on my social media, I bet thousands don’t know about it!

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  • It’s a good idea, we need something to help. My 5 year is so over lockdown and gets so angry he cannot see people.

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  • That’s a lovely initiative of the Family project !

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  • Great idea, Times are so tough atm we need to all help where we can

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