And here we are again. In a national lockdown.
As we’re in Birmingham, we have been in high tiers and living under restrictions since the first lockdown last March. We don’t really go anywhere and we haven’t been able to meet with friends and family for some time, but the biggest difference with this lockdown is that the kids are off school again.
As has been the case since this all started, the Husband is still going to work as he can’t work remotely. He’s been one of those people who haven’t felt the lockdown as keenly as the rest of us, with no furlough, no working from home, no homeschooling, no end to his commutes, no huge changes, aside from working with less people as many have been furloughed at his workplace at various times throughout all of this. He has not been bingeing on Netflix, eating banana loaf or getting various DIY jobs done around the house!
The kids have settled back into it all quite smoothly, so far. They have been here before, albeit with significantly nicer weather and more time spent in the garden.
Their school is better prepared for remote learning this time round, of course, so that is different and they are getting used to logging on to Teams and getting their work done.
They ‘meet’ with their teacher every morning and have their day and work outlined for them. They then have various assignments to complete throughout the day.
We then tend to take Herbie for a walk, they read while I catch up on work and a few jobs, and we lunch. So far, we’re finding that that’s most of the school day gone.
The kids then tend to have some gaming time before they disappear and play together. Never have I been more grateful that my kids get on well with each other than over the past twelve months.
It’s the first few days so who knows how it will all continue, but I am trying not to think about how this will play out and how long this could be our new normal. Instead I am celebrating the fact that we are through the first week and we are all still OK!
I am managing to work around them during the day, writing content at breakfast time, emails over lunchtime, and then newsletters, products, social media and memberships of an evening and at weekends. It can be done, and I know that I am fortunate to be able to work from home around them in this way. Hats off to parents working from home who have to keep set hours and schedule meetings in around supporting their kids school work too.
I can’t think too much about the inevitable drop in work and income that lockdown will cause again, as with the kids at home, I simply don’t have the time or head space to do much about it.
Unlike the lockdown in March, support bubbles now exist and I am very aware that we are my mum’s support right now. She lives alone and whilst there have been moments I have envied her her solitude and peace!, I can only imagine how that must feel day in and day out. We will do what we can to spend time with her whilst working and homeschooling. She adores the kids, and Herbie means the world to her.
This lockdown already feels different. Easier in some ways as we have gradually got used to the restraints so they are not such a shock to the system. But then harder in that I think we are all just so tired of it, drained from months and months of it. And then there’s January weather compared to warm spring and hot summer days. It’s tough, it’s early days, we will just keep on going.
I have been looking for positives to being in this situation again – I know, I am ever the optimist, though believe me when I say it can wear thin some days! It’s not been an easy task, but I have found some:
No school runs means extra time in bed each morning. It is minimal, the kids very rarely sleep until after 7am, but it’s still nice to be able to lie there and cuddle them without being aware of the ticking clock.
We are taking Herbie for longer walks than he normally has during the week as I want the kids to get outside and have a good break from their work. We are all appreciating this.
The kids are home to help me eat all of the treats we still have from Christmas. Hmm, benefit or drawback??
I have a HUGE to be read pile. Huge. Maybe when we’ve settled into a new routine, I can read more? Certainly at the weekends, as we won’t be going anywhere.
We are still here, still healthy and still safe. And that’s not something I take for granted.
We have been here before. We know how this thing goes. We made it through last time and we can do it again.
How are you doing this time around?