Without a doubt, long lockdowns followed by rolling home isolation requirements have been tough on families. Over the last couple of years (still crazy to think we’re talking about the pandemic in terms of years!), Parenting Place has shared tips, insights and ideas to try and ease the struggle and celebrate the silver linings. While sharing inspiration around things to do when stuck at home with young children can surely help, sometimes it’s just as helpful to reflect back and acknowledge that, boy, that was hard! And in a lot of ways, it’s still hard!
We asked Auckland couple Neihana and Elena Reihana to share the things that worked and the things they learnt through long lockdowns and self-isolation with their three-year-old and one-year-old. With thoughtful honesty, they offered some deeply moving reflections. The following summarises three of their keys to surviving life in iso. You can also watch the full interview below.