I'f someone had said to me a few mounts ago that the schools would be closed and we'd all be on lockdown, I'd have thought you'd be shitting me. It's really hard to get your head around just how different things are just now. I'm by no means the perfect parent because let's be honest, that doesn't exist, but I do try my best and boy have my skills being tested just now. How are we to get through this? We'll there is no right way, this is all new and it's possibly something that we'll never see again in our lifetimes. We don't know how to feel, our kids don't know how to feel and we'll all in doors with each other, stressing and panicking. It can be overwhelming to say the least. So I was pleased when the Scottish Government asked me to support the Parent Club They are a community of parents connecting with each other to offer their own tips on parenting hacks and there is advice on there for mums and dads too.
So if you’re struggling with parenting during lockdown (if you’re not then I don’t believe you have kids) and you're feeling like it’s hard then give the Parent club site a wee look. Lots of ideas and it’s been very handy. Here are some of my tips that I've been sharing with other mums and dads.
*Get creative - use cushions and boxes for an assault course (or use remote control cars for a racecourse) 🚗
*Give them a box - it’s simple but effective. How many times do you get a big present for kids and all they want to do is play with the box? So give them a box! 📦
Be kind to yourself during this phase and remember it is just a phase, lockdown won’t be forever 💕
*Get the kids involved - let them help, they’re curious so if they are interested, let them get involved 👨👩👦👦
*Cook - sounds simple but my 8 year old loves to crack the eggs, or cut the bread etc and likes to be involved with cooking. 🍳
*Help others - if you can, make up a small a bag for the local food bank and get the kids to help make it up and hand it in. I always tell my kids they are very blessed and kicky so we should be incredibly grateful and help others. We recently donated to a local food bank and it felt good helping others 🥘 ❤️
*Enjoy nature - appreciate the garden/outdoors and look at the flowers and trees all around. Kids love the outdoors and the fresh air tires them out 🌲
But most importantly, have lots of fun and lots of cuddles, make the most of this time together because we’ll look back on this time when they’re older and be thankful that we had lots of laughs ❤️