GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
It’s the second day of the governor’s mandatory stay at home order to combat Covid-19.
Many Coloradans who don’t work in essential businesses are working from home, but the kids are home too, and they’re restless putting even more stress on themselves and their parents.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on parents, Hilltop’s Family Resource Center has launched a parent support hotline. Katherine Buxton is not only the manager of Hilltop Family Connections, she’s also an empathetic grandma raising her grandchild, and she gets that kids are thrown out of the norm by being home, and their parents are stressing out. “Kids are getting rowdy, and we just want to talk you through that. It sounds like you’re really stressed, what can we do to help right now? What can you do to get some rest in the middle of the chaos”, says Buxton.
The organization says callers can get help with avoiding stress, parenting tips, no cost ideas for keeping kids entertained, community referrals, or just hearing a friendly voice. Buxton says, “Keep things going, keep a schedule. Make sure that we are rounded, we’re doing some studies, we’re doing some books, we’re doing some entertainment. If we can’t get outside we’re gonna just dance. The other piece of this hotline is really just giving parents someone to talk to cause we know parents are the experts on their children. So,we’re not trying to tell them what to do, but everybody needs somebody to talk to, and we just wanna help reduce the stress that sometimes come at home.”
Hilltop’s Family Resource Center says it still offers a wide range of support and services for the whole family including prenatal care, help with SNAP benefits, healthcare, developmental issue screenings, and domestic violence and sexual assualt services; and they can connect you to the right person through the Parent Support Hotline.
Call 970 244-0660 and staff will be there for you Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm.