Children’s anxiety about their imprisoned parent was heightened due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and caregivers reported children asking them questions such as: ‘Will my Dad die? Do they have enough food? What can’t he facetime? Does he still love me? Did I do something wrong? When will we see each other?’.
For some of us, we naturally form groups with our friends, but for millions of mothers in this country who are alone – possibly parenting without a partner or in a small flat on an estate – Kids Matter groups set in local contexts, around tea and cake with a small group of parents, are a lifeline.
Poverty has a direct effect on parenting. If mums and dads are overwhelmed by the stress of not being able to feed their families or paying bills to keep the heating on (exacerbated by the pressure of home-school and the inability to escape outside in lockdown for a breath of fresh air) how can they be their best selves for their children?
With more than a month to go until returning to school is a possibility, pausing to think about children’s well-being seems sensible, if not essential. We know that children are having to face very different worlds right now, all the things they took for granted have been up-ended and they are spending more time than ever at home with their families.
As part of a coalition of 18 charities, Kids Matter is pleased to support Kindred's campaign to encourage people to do a #LittleGoodDeed to help a parent or carer in their community...
2020 was a difficult year for everyone, however the most vulnerable in our country were and continue to be hit the hardest by the effects of COVID-19. Despite many barriers, we were still able to reach 508 children in need over the year, equipping their parents with the skills needed to build a strong family. Read our Impact Report for more details and stories of how Kids Matter has made in difference in 2020...