t’s not been easy keeping a family running during lockdown, especially while working full time through it all. Remote working has been a godsend, for more than a few reasons. Being able to schedule the day around all the childcare responsibilities has been an absolute lifesaver, especially as schools began to reopen and the school run got going again.
It’s been a bit of a struggle to protect the kids from the worst parts of the lockdown and letting them out of the house again has been tough, but a much-needed step towards some normality. Taking that step into the big unknown isn’t one to be taken without some real thought and preparation. Children heading back into school and meeting their friends could be a massive risk for some families, especially those with members who have to be shielded.
One of the biggest changes that home-schooling brought was the lack of school meals being provided to children. This meant an extra responsibility for working parents, as well as a good amount of extra costs.This doesn’t just stop with lunches, as every child has to be kept occupied and well-fed throughout the day, which can be difficult even with both parents working from home. This whole new workload, alongside the “normal” work obligations has been a major pain. Working parents, the clever bunch that we are, have been making the most of some great resources to keep the kids occupied while we get to work.
The changes in the home have been difficult to deal with too. All the stress of living life under lockdown hasn’t particularly been helpful when it comes to keeping everyone getting along. This goes double for families that have been affected by redundancies or furloughing due to the pandemic. The financial pressures mixing in with the emotional pressures and creating a situation that isn’t fun for anyone. Again, we have to give massive kudos to the parents who are working so hard to keep their kids’ minds away from the harder realities of life in lockdown. Your hard work is not in any way going to be forgotten as we start to get back to some sense of normal, and as businesses open back up and opportunities start to emerge.
Homeschooling hasn’t been easy either, but more of a mixed bag. It’s definitely been a challenge to get to grips with the kids’ schoolwork, and we’re sure every parent has a whole new appreciation for the amazing work that teachers do. It’s been hard enough keeping one child on the straight and narrow, we can’t even imagine how hard it is with a full classroom! However, we’ve all been able to put our own spin on the homeschooling experience and combine the academic lessons with some lessons of our own.
We’re all glad to report that all of our newly found time together has had its upsides. We’ve been able to spend a good amount of summer as a family, which we haven’t been able to do for years between school and work. If there’s one main positive to take out of this lockdown fo families of working parents, it’s that the time spent together has made our families closer than ever before. We’ve never had the opportunity to spend so much of our days with our loved ones, and even when it’s just sitting in the same room doing our work or watching TV, it’s been an experience many of us will sorely miss.
Something we’ve secretly been missing about getting back into the office has been just talking to other adults. While the kids do have some interesting thoughts, it’s never quite the same as talking to other adults. Some of us will also have missed “proper” work and will be relishing getting back into the challenges of working life.
The kids will be looking forward to getting out of the house, seeing their friends, and getting back into some sense of their normal lives. All we can be doing is to make every effort to make sure that they areas safe as possible during this return to normality, just like we do in every other situation.