We are seven weeks into Lockdown 3.0 and I wanted to photo-dump a little over here. I’ve found each lockdown increasingly harder (despite the fact the first was spent pregnant then not pregnant). The second lockdown hit me hard I think because it felt a little more unfair. Mainly because schools remained open but everything else seemed closed off. I felt like Wilf being home educated was suffering due to not being part of mainstream school. I guess it didn’t make sense to me.
Lockdown 3.0 maybe felt like a bit of a shock (perhaps naively) although each week like everyone else we just keep trucking. I know we are in a privileged position and that everyone is coping with this in different ways.
It’s hard to know as a parent of an older child how much is OK to share but I’m sure most people with kids can confirm that this is rough deal for children’s mental health. I’ve never known Wilf so struggle so much and he desperately needs time to play with other children, to see spaces that aren’t just our home and our local park.
Sometimes lying awake at night spiralling at what life is now, I can’t catch a breath worrying about our children. There is a saying that you are only as happy as your least happy child. Whilst I actually think that saying is pretty unhelpful at times it feels pretty apt. We are all having to dig that bit deeper right now and if I was a religious person I would definitely be praying I never have to type ‘lockdown 4.0’ here.
Hey remember when I wrote a post about being a positive person? 😉
So what else to share..
We started geocaching, which gave up a bit of a purpose to our walks. We don’t drive as it is so as long as they are in a 45 min radius then thats ok. Plus we live in a city so we had about three just walking round the block. If you haven’t come across it already its like a scavenger hunt via the geocaching app. Top tip would be to bring your own pen to sign the log book.
I cut my fringe after getting as far as I ever had with growing it out. Somethings never change hur?
I’m trying to make more of an effort to offer up activities to the kids and recently bought some acrylic paint which we are all taking time to sit down and paint at the same time. It’s a good pre bedtime relaxer. We’ve recently started the Narnia series which I’m loving re-reading and sharing with the kids.
Wilf’s been helping his sister with her reading and counting. He set up a little ‘stock take’ scenario in the kitchen and they spent a good couple of hours taking everything out, counting, recording and replacing them.
They surprise me everyday with the creativity and kindness, plus A LOT of ‘discussion and negotiation’ life skills!
Thats about it for our life lately lockdown 3.0 version. I hope you are all doing ok and that spring brings us all more time outside and a little more to look forward to.
oh yer and the kids got introduced to Mario Kart so thats something..
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