Just as we were all coming round to the idea of the social distancing measures, further lockdown measures where announced earlier in the week. Whilst the stay home, stay safe message had been shared and shared again. Now it is something that we MUST adhere to. Only venturing out to get essential supplies, medication and to travel to work (which cannot be completed from home). As well as being allowed to exercise once a day, as a family (household) but not to meet with others – and still maintaining the 2-metre social distancing space.
Although we are able to leave the house for daily exercise once a day. We have decided not to partake, opting to keep the children at home. We are very fortunate to have a garden for them to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. As well as partaking in PE with Joe sessions.
With What The Dad Said still heading out to work as a keyworker. As we well as me needing to check on our old house once a week, we deemed it safer for them to stay home – given that they are already at risk of exposure from both of us.
As the news came last week that the schools would close I could understand the rationale behind it. We all want to keep our children safe and away from it all. This does, however, come with a task that I would never have signed up for – homeschooling!
I can struggle at the best of times with some of the children’s homework tasks. So the prospect of assisting them on a daily basis for an unknown amount of time filled me with dread. Thankfully the schools were somewhat prepared and sent home supplies, tasks and action plans. The high school especially being prepared with Google Classrooms, timetable suggestions as well as additional tasks for Roo to complete.
We’ve managed to navigate our way through the first week. Opting to get the assigned work completed in the mornings so that the children are free to read, play, watch movies and play games in the afternoons.
Feeding the nation
Last year What The Dad Said changed jobs, which allowed him to reduce his hours in order to be around for the children more. As he works as a keyworker he is still working throughout the lockdown measures. In fact, completely double his usual hours in order to cover the shifts of those in self-isolation. As well as ensuring that shelves as stocked and customers are served.