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To make every­one’s life a lit­tle eas­ier this Christ­mas, Barnar­dos is of­fer­ing its top tips to fam­i­lies for a happy and safe fes­tive sea­son. • Get the fam­ily to­gether and write a list of what every­one wants to do de­cide what is re­ally im­por­tant and pri­ori­tise • Make a list of who needs to see who this is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant with blended fam­i­lies • se a cal­en­dar. List who is do­ing what and when. ut it where every­one can see it • Sched­ule in some time for every­one to recharge, chill out and rela • Make a list of obs that need to be done and work to­gether to plan who does what • Don’t try to keep every­one happy all the time you’ll col­lapse un­der the pres­sure • If this is your first Christ­mas as a blended fam­ily, your child may feel con­fused and maybe even an­gry. Make spe­cial time to­gether. If it is not the first, think about last year, what worked and what didn’t • Adults don’t have to en oy be­ing with chil­dren all the time make sure chil­dren are safe and plan some time for you • Don’t feel pres­sured into ev­ery- one hav­ing fun all of the time • Don’t act in anger if ev­ery­thing gets too much re­move your­self from the sit­u­a­tion and per­haps call a friend or rel­a­tive • And fi­nally ring Barnar­dos ar­ent Helpline if you want some­one to talk you through your plans.

Barnar­dos ar­ent Helpline, 0800-472-7368, is a free na­tion­wide tele­phone coun­selling ser­vice op­er­at­ing Mon­day to Fri­day from 9am to 5pm.

The coun­sel­lors can help callers re ect on their own sit­u­a­tion and feel­ings, en­abling them to come up with the right de­ci­sion and way for­ward for them.

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