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“This time is certainly harder than the last lockdown"

Information Governance Officer Nan shares the ways she's coping four school-aged children to maintain healthy minds during this time.

“This time is certainly harder than the last lockdown - I've lost count of the number of times I've said, 'Go and ask your dad!’, including in the middle of video calls. Even with two responsible adults at home, it's been much harder than the first time. I think having to log in to the school stuff several times a day isn't really helping, although the kids do seem to enjoy it and get to see their friends on the Zoom chat. By the end of the day, everyone is just fried.

I can see the trampoline from the window while I'm working, so if it's not raining the kids can jump on the trampoline and I can give them a thumbs up whenever they do cool tricks. This also forces me to rest my eyes from time to time - it seems harder to remember to take breaks, without office distractions and people to talk to.

We live near the beach and parks, and the days are getting longer, so an evening stomp outside can happen, even if the streetlights are coming on by the time we're heading home.

The older kids are starting to realise that we don't just sit on our bums all day while they are at school.

I really, really appreciate my partner. He's running the whole operation like a hero.

I have freelanced for years, so working from home is not new to me, and I'm really happy that the world is realising it's possible and realising the challenges involved. I remember being on crutches and trying to convince people to have a Skype meeting which they decided was completely impossible. I had to go to the meeting in person via bus and walking and an elevator, lugging a laptop. I think that many people with disabilities must be rejoicing that the flexibility and option of working from anywhere is becoming widespread. Hopefully this won't mean that buildings become less disability-friendly though!

I’m originally from Trinidad and my siblings live in Canada, and I was saying to a friend the other day how much I'm looking forward to being able to fly to see my family, and she gave me a good talking to – she said to stop living in hope, and start making plans for good things to look forward to that don't involve 'when we are allowed to travel'. She's right! We need to find joy in the here and now!”

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