Practical Parenting in a Pandemic – Resources

To support parents throughout this time, I’d like to gift you several resources to help you have a calmer home and a more resilient family.

Building Children’s Resilience eBook

In our ever-changing, uncertain world it is important to understand what resilience is and how to build that in our children. Building Children’s Resilience is a ‘pocket guide’ to helping you develop your child’s capacity for building coping and enabling abilities, as well as help-seeking strategies and tangible life skills to help them navigate the world ahead. It outlines 10 key building blocks for children birth-12.

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Taking the High Road eBook

This book is an essential guide for 12-25-year-olds to help them access the part of themselves that knows what’s right for us each as individuals. The book covers a range of topics including finding your spark, reading your personality map, breaking the circuit on negative self-talk, sleeping better, being a good friend, and thriving when things get really tough. The book also includes a link to the Relax and Escape audio relaxation track.

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Free audio tracks…

I also have four free audio tracks that will be useful for anyone in your household…

Sleepytime & Safe ‘N Sound

These 2 free audio tracks may be useful to parents who are facing a sleepless night with their children, and in situations where children are particularly distressed, or in the wake of a disaster or crisis. In each, I use the image of a giant protector to help children create their own sense of safety. Music copyright Robert J Boyd.

Download Sleepytime Download safe'n'sound

Flight Fantasy

In Flight Fantasy I use breath, colour, music and the imagery of a bird in flight to take anyone over the age of 8 on a relaxing, contemplative journey. This track takes you to a place of quietness where you can connect with your fullest human potential and the way in which you are called to express that. It’s been very helpful for adolescents who are indecisive about their future or for people in transition like after a loss of job or a redundancy, which is why I am offering it right now as our world is in such flux.

Download flight fantasy

Moonlight Relaxation for Mums

This audio relaxation was created several years ago as a gift for mums and mother figures to celebrate Mother’s Day. In it we use deep breathing to release tension, stress, anxiety and frustration, and to calm the inner war that exists within many of our minds. In a way, giving yourself this time to relax is a way of nurturing and honouring yourself – giving yourself a gift instead of the ‘burnt chop’ we mums often end up with!

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Additional resources

I would encourage all parents to read my articles Honouring the human spirit in our homes and classrooms, Navigating These Crazy, Crappy, Uncertain Times as a Family, Coping With Corona Chaos, Gentle steps to Recovery , Why Boys can Find Isolation Particularly Difficult, Helping Kids to Cope with Lockdown 2nd Time Around, A New Normal: Back to School After Isolation… and please check out my regularly updated Top tips and links for families in isolation. (you might also enjoy this list of suggestions from my community of the best podcasts and audiobooks for kids). I also wrote for ABC Life about Parenting an Only Child Through the Pandemic  and How to Help Stop Your Kids Fighting During Periods of High Stress.


Coping with the Corona Chaos

Every parent is worried right now and the anxiety you are feeling is being driven ...


Gentle Steps to Recovery

As flattening the curve is happening across parts of the world and particularly in Australia ...


Top tips and links for families in isolation

Please note we would recommend you visit any of these sites mentioned on this page ...

Several episodes of the podcast I host for the ABC, Parental As Anything were devoted to parenting in this pandemic too. Check out the episodes we did on how to talk to kids about coronavirus, working from home, supporting kids to learn from home, going it alone in lockdown (whether a single parent or parenting an only child) and reducing conflict in your home during these trying times. I spoke with some wonderful people for these episodes including Dr Kristy Goodwin, Dr Prue Salter, Michelle Mitchell and Dr Justin Coulson. I also made this video with the ABC on Talking to Kids About Coronavirus.

If you look at nothing else, please check out my suite of “Maggie Soother” videos, which offer simple exercises, tips and strategies for kids and adults to ease the anxiety and stress that families may be experiencing during these uncertain times.

Also I did a couple of Facebook Live events with Kidspot and Babyology which both talked about coping in lockdown so please watch those. 


Seeking special places – Maggie Soother 17

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Casting worries aside – Maggie Soother 16

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Fill your house with fun, happy memories – Maggie Soother 15

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The magic of the ‘tickle spot’ – Maggie Soother 14

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Soft toys – Maggie Soother 13

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Helping high-energy kids be calm – Maggie Soother 12

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The power of lightness & laughter – Maggie Soother 11

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Creating an imaginary protector – Maggie Soother 10

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Soothing yourself with warmth – Maggie Soother 9

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A parental pause – Maggie Soother 8

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Colour breathing – Maggie Soother 7

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Gentle head hold – Maggie Soother 6

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Round & round the garden – Maggie Soother 5

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The power of a SIGH – Maggie Soother 4

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Helping kids (& us) to fall asleep – Maggie Soother 3

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Tapping K27 for calm – Maggie Soother 2

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