A new campaign by the Scottish Government providing support for parents and carers has been launched across the country.

Parent Club, a hub of advice for parents and carers, launched their ‘Here For You’ campaign to give extra support to those juggling the pressures of parenting and working during the coronavirus crisis.

As lockdown is set to move to phase one this weekend, it is fair to say that things are changing, if slowly, back to a new normal.

Yet, for parents, 'normal' would seem a thing of the past: children have been taught from home since mid March, and for most families, that means parents becoming teachers from the kitchen table.

Compounded with the stress of the pandemic itself, it is no wonder that many parents are struggling.

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Dr Punam Krishan, 37, has worked as a GP in Glasgow's East End for over 13 years.

During lockdown, she has been juggling work with home-schooling her 6 year old, Aarish, and caring for her 7-week old newborn, Ellora, whom she gave birth to just as lockdown began.

"They couldn't be in more different stages of life" explains Dr. Krishan "but it is what it is. You just have to get on with it.

"I am not enjoying lockdown at all. I'm finding it very stressful.

"That's the way that all parents I speak to am feeling - it's very overwhelming.

"I'm used to teaching junior doctors. Now, I find myself looking at powerpoint presentations of dinosaurs which is definitely a first for me" Dr. Krishan laughs. "The children are overwhelmed too. They aren't seeing their friends, having no social contact.

"Parents are under a lot of pressure."

The mental wellbeing of children is an issue that Dr. Krishan predicts will become more prevalent after lockdown ends.

Dr. Punam said:"We check in on our energy levels in the morning, making sure how we're feeling today, talking about our feelings and our moods and whenever anything is feeling overwhelming, it's learning to, without guilt, close what we're doing and sit with how we are feeling right and the rest can wait.

"It's not always easy, but for me, moving forward, the mental wellbeing of children is really important.

"There is going to be a real spike in Mental Health issues in the near future and I don't know if we will be able to cope with that because services were difficult to access before.

"I hope there will be new services in place. This degree of isolation is not normal, it's not how humans are designed to live. We are social beings and moving forward, we don't know what that is going to look like. Are we going to have close contact again?

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"For children, where they are at that stage of learning, everything is about social development. Are we creating a society where they will feel socially anxious, or agoraphobic?

"Hopefully, support is going to be given to help that. That's what I like about Parent Club. Even before when I received my baby box, it was just such a lovely gesture that it made me so pleased to live in Scotland."

Keeping on top of one's wellbeing doesn't have to be complicated. Dr. Krishan's go to tip is simply getting dressed in the morning.

She continued: "I've made a point of getting up in the morning and doing small things like getting us all dressed, putting my make up on, retaining my identity. Sometimes the easiest things seem like the hardest."

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