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For Aboriginal, Torres Strait and South Sea Islander mother of four Elliejean Singh, Melbourne’s coronavirus Stage 4 lockdowns represents an opportunity to be with her children and helping them be strong in their identity.
With all four children being of school age, with the exception of the youngest being only three years old, and her partner working on-site as a machine operator, every day is a balancing act between supervising children, working as a VACSAL team leader and caring for her own well-being.
“…for me, managing being [at home with my children] all the time was about looking after my wellbeing in the sense of being easier on myself and being flexible with my time.”
Among the activities Elliejean has undertaken during lockdown is researching and updating her family history. “[It’s something] I’ve been putting off,” she told CMR. “[I can help] ensure that I have all the information there to instil in my kids and keep them strong in their identity.”
During this interview, Elliejean discusses:
- How she maintains her own wellbeing during lockdowns
- How her children actually help give her uninterrupted work time
- Her number one desire for when Melbourne’s restrictions are lifted
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