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Edith Bowman, 46, has opened up about her concerns about her children’s mental health and how it has been impacted by the coronavirus lockdown. The former Radio 1 DJ addressed her worries about her sons Rudy and Spike, who she shares with husband and Editors frontman Tom Smith, 39, while discussing Public Health England’s (PHE) Every Mind Matters mental health campaign.
It comes after new data shows that over half of parents surveyed said the mental wellbeing of their children has been one of their biggest worries during the pandemic.
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Edith explained in reference to their mental wellbeing: “I did [worry] until they went back to school.
“As much as Tom and I tried, it’s a very different and wonderful experience for our kids to go to school.
“We did ok at the home schooling and we have had some lovely times together, time we wouldn’t have due to being on tour or working.
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“The kids going back to school, it’s not just about the education, academic side of things but the social side of things, being stimulated by other children and conversations.”
The mum-of-two went on to say she and her other half are open in discussing mental health issues with their sons.
She divulged: “We’ve all felt it and we have all felt safe talking to each other about it and how it’s ok to feel like that, the important thing is talking about it.
“Sometimes it can be a good way of explaining things to them about why you might have reacted in a certain way.”
Edith also shared her own emotional reaction to reading The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy for the campaign video.
When quizzed on whether she found the book moving, the television and radio personality admitted: “Yes very..
“You think about all the children who are reading it or watching the video and how they may find it helps them in some way open up or share a worry or concern.”
Edith went on to give some advice to fellow parents about some key things they can do to make sure their children aren’t struggling to cope.
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She said: “Laugh. Find ways of laughing and being silly together.
“We tell a lot of bad jokes and dance around to music. We have also been playing a lot of tag when out for walks, that certainly gets the adrenalin running.
“I also think it’s incredibly important to be honest about what is going on, find a way of talking about COVID and the rules etc but in a way that won’t scare them.
“That’s easier said than done but my attitude is to always aim for a glass half full attitude.”
Edith also revealed she has her own coping mechanisms for dealing with the current uncertainty.
She admitted: “I got angry at the dishwasher!
“I think what helped me was to acknowledge when I felt low or finding things hard, being aware of how I feel and being ok with that, helped so much.
“We have been so lucky with where we live there is so much outside space that exercise and fresh air have been something that I will NEVER take for granted.”
Search Every Mind Matters for expert tips and advice to support children and young people with their mental wellbeing, or for more information, visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
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