DO BETTER TOGETHER
We have compiled a list of our top 10 ways that you can help our community "do better together" over the coming weeks.
1. Keep an eye on your neighbours. Particularly if they're elderly or vulnerable. A great respectful way to do this is to ask if they're ok first, then tell them ways you can help. That could be picking up something from the shops, doing a run to the pharmacy, or just a random welfare check. Be considerate, though. Some elderly people may see it as a threat to their independence, so always gauge if they would like you to pop back in a couple of days, or hand them your contact number.
2. Care for our medical professionals and public servants. If you happen to personally know anyone working on the front line, offer to make them a meal if you're able. If you happen to have some excess necessities, drop them on their doorstep with a note. If you happen to need care, consider the hell that they're currently experiencing. Remember that they have families of their own. If you need to clarify something, do so respectfully. Just be nice. Also, it's a timely reminder that texting while driving is still a really dumb idea.
3. Support our educators and carers. Send them an e-mail and let them know you understand that they are trying to educate children still currently in their care, as well as preparing for the inevitable closures and home schooling provisions. Give them a break. They need our support now more than ever. Another way to do this is to buy them a small gift now whether it be a coffee card, a box of locally made chocolates, or even a bottle of wine would do the trick, too! Not only are you saying "thanks" but you're also helping out local businesses.
4. Treat retail staff with respect. Please and thank you go a long way. Follow store protocols with food restrictions and remember that there is enough to go around if you take what you need.
5. Try to switch off from the media and connect with others. Everyone is having updates fed to them 24/7 by the media. Continue to invest in friendships and the community online. There are a lot of live streams happening between people from all walks of life - it's a great way to stay connected!
6. Remember kids are like sponges. Keep the media updates off the TV and monitor their access online. Obviously it's important that they're aware of what is happening at an age-appropriate level, but we only get one childhood and the ongoing affects could have a significant impact on them if they're living in fear. Talk to them regularly, and give them a lot of love and assurance. Think about scheduling brief online chats for your kids and their friends. All it takes is a familiar face outside the family home to anchor their thoughts back to life as it was.
7. Continue to support small business. You can do this by sharing posts online, ordering a takeaway meal from your favourite restaurant (if it's open for orders) and visiting your local butchers and bakeries before you head to the supermarket etc. It's a great way to avoid the supermarkets (or cooking), and keep small business alive.
8. Consider people that have other significant life situations happening. Life as we know it doesn't stop. People are losing jobs, weddings have been cancelled, people are still suffering from unrelated illnesses, mothers are still having babies, and (as difficult as it is) people are going to be experiencing loss and grief. Please think about others struggling before you post a complaint about not being able to grab a bag of rice at the shops.
9. Podcasts are life. Find the podcast app on your phone (or download it) and type in anything of interest to you. Download episodes and just tune out. I personally am a big supporter of Australian Comedians. Many of their podcasts have Patreon available where you can access extra content for yourself for a small fee and support them at the same time. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival was cancelled, so our comedians need support more than ever, too. Plus, who doesn't need a laugh a minute right now.
10. Be respectful within our online parenting community. Every family does it differently. If someone offers you resources, be kind - even if it's not something you'd necessarily implement at home.
I personally must recommend following Dr. Justin Coulson at
- he is an advocate for creating healthy and happy families.
Much love to you and your little ones!
Shona O’Brien | Market Management
SWAGGER CHILD DESIGN MARKET