The ACEs Coalition continues to work remotely to build a resilient community.
Parenting in a Pandemic
So, give yourself a break
A break can mean different things to different people:
- Drink a cup of tea. Read a book. Take a bath. Watch your favourite TV show.
- Rest. Sleep when your child sleeps.
- Exercise. Walk around the block. Take a free online exercise class.
- Be in the moment. Try meditation or deep breathing.
- Reach out to others. Send an email text or make a phone call.
- Ask for help. Asking for help is a sign of strength. Your community cares and supports are available.
Help is available
During this time, some children and families may be struggling and need extra support.
If your family, or a family you know, is struggling or in an unsafe situation Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County can help.
The wellbeing of all families and children is their first concern.
If it’s easier to call anonymously to share your worries, that’s okay too – they will listen and connect you to the right supports.
Many helpful resources are also available online. The following links provide information on taking care of yourself and your children during COVID-19.
Virtual YMCA provides helpful resources to promote mind, body and spirit health.
The Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition provides links to multiple services and resources around Guelph, including access to emergency food and essential items.
Wellington, Dufferin, Guelph Public Health – Parents and Families Page provides helpful ideas on taking care of yourself, your family and your pets.
Guelph Public Library has a collection of books and magazines available online.
Unicef shares tips for parenting during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Harvard University Center on the Developing Child shares a guide to COVID-19 and Early Childhood Development.
Mental Heath Supports
Here24/7 provides addictions, mental health & crisis services across Waterloo – Wellington.
Kids Help Phone provides free online and telephone counselling for youth.
Funding for the Building Community Resilience Project is provided by the Government of Ontario.