An inspiring story…

One of my neighbours (a retired teacher) shared a story with our street about the last time she remembers schools in NZ closing. It was from November 1947 until May 1948, during the polio outbreak. All education correspondence was done via the radio, with lessons for each subject and age group broadcast live each day. The postman would deliver the week’s homework and collect work completed. She remembers this as a short period in her life during which everyone pulled together and got through – much as we are doing today!



Advice on how to manage worry and anxiety in children and adults with diabetes.

Dr Jo McClintock, Clinical Psychologist, has prepared these two handouts on coping with worry and anxiety.




Routine and Activities.

Routines give children a sense of safety and security. With the normal routines of school gone for the moment, establishing your own new family routines can help everyone to feel calm and able to cope.

Diabetes also loves routine. Blood sugars can be a little more predictable if your child’s activity levels are similar amounts and times each day. Over the next few days you might find your child’s blood sugar levels different to normal as they are no longer in their normal school routine. Don’t worry, a day or too of high blood sugars does not mean poor control. Just observe and keep notes so you can respond to patterns.

A routine does not mean planning something to do every minute of the day, but might include a time of the day when you all do some exercise together: a walk, or a game of tag – ask your kids about the games they know, or some backyard soccer, put on some music to dance to or find a jump jam video on YouTube. It might also include a time of the day when you all do some work or study and maybe a time of the day for a fun activity like a board game, some craft, a computer game challenge, a jigsaw or science experiment.

Just as much as we all like routine, we also all like something to look forward to! At the moment there have been lots of holidays, trips and planned activities that have been cancelled or postponed. Think of some fun things that your family can put into the calendar and have to look forward to. Maybe plan a family movie night on the couch, a karaoke night in the lounge, a charades evening, a special dinner at home or a board game challenge. Something to look forward to.



Rainbows and teddy bears!

You may have seen this idea on social media – put a picture of a rainbow or a teddy bear in a window that is visible to the street, so that when families are out for a walk, children can have fun watching out for them!

Jerry the Bear might like to watch the street for a few weeks!