Lockdown part 3….Week 1

Congratulations! We have made it through week 1 of lockdown part 3!

I’m not sure how I feel about the 3rd lockdown. I kind of knew it was coming so it wasn’t really a shock. I am lucky that my girls are so young and haven’t truly felt the impact of the restrictions and that I am able to see my mum as much as I want as she lives close by and we are her bubble. I have to admit, I think I would have found it far more challenging if I hadn’t been able to see her.

Both of my girls were due to go back to childcare settings after the Christmas holidays, however, I deliberated over what I should do because of the transmission of the new strain of Covid-19. As a mum, decisions are never easy as I want the best for my girls. I thought the decision had been made for me when Boris announced the closure of schools and didn’t realise that didn’t include early years settings. Since having my girls, I have been a full-time mum, so I couldn’t justify sending them and felt it was too risky right now. As a primary school teacher with a house that looks like a nursery (!), I’m not worried about them missing out and they are lucky to have each other to play with too. So I spent my evenings printing and laminating activities off good old Twinkl! My eldest daughter is actually excited to have me as her teacher (lets see if she’s still excited by the end of the 3rd lockdown (whenever that may be!).

All 3 of us are looking forward to doing P.E with Joe Wicks again…I hadn’t even heard of him before the first lockdown and hesitantly had a go at his PE sessions in order to try and get the girls involved. It wasn’t long before my youngest daughters way of joining in was climbing on me and my eldest daughter always had an excuse not to join in, but Mummy was doing every workout (I didn’t see that coming) and it didn’t take long for me to warm to Joe…I think I like how human he comes across and how he’s not afraid to be daft and act like a big kid. My favourite move has to be the silly billy! Every morning, my girls looked forward to seeing him come on…..I know what you’re thinking…and no, I don’t fancy him….I bat for the other side! (Now, if there was a female version of PE with Joe, it would probably motivate me even more!!!) So, once again, we will be joining in with Joe this week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am, live on YouTube.

I’ll be talking more about lockdown and schools/education but for now, I want to leave you with this thought…

A few things to remember…

1. You don’t have to do everything (be kind to yourself)

2. If the kids do any/some/a little bit of learning then I’d count that as winning

3. Loosen screen time limits

4. Everyone shouts sometimes

5. This is bloody hard but there is a finish line this time – keep looking at it, your friends are waiting for you, holding your favourite drink and they are going to give you the best hug of your life

6. Breathe in

7. Breathe out

8. Let’s do this

9. You’ve got this!

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