1. Here’s to mums, family, and community

    • By Helen Langdon
    mother and son with their assistance dog

    Mother’s Day – a time when the family traditionally gather together to thank their mum for all they have done and continue to do. For some of us it is a bittersweet day as our mum is no longer with us, but we remember the happy days.

    In these strange times, many of us will not have been able to spend yesterday with our elderly parents, but we hope that you managed to connect with your mother in some way with a phone call, Skype or FaceTime.

    Parents with school age children will of course now be seeking ways to keep them busy over the coming months. I’ve seen many messages of support for parents; teachers offering virtual assistance; Facebook groups springing up with ideas and sharing of routines, strategies and resources to keep us all calm, but occupied.

    If I’m honest part of me is looking forward to taking our foot off the pedal a bit. No after school activities and taxiing services means we have our weekends and evenings back. We might even get some help with the cooking and housework for once! However, I know for many it won’t be easy, and there are vulnerable children who rely on school for support and stability. I realise how lucky we are and we are now actively seeking ways we can support others in our community.

    So, if you are searching around for ideas to keep the kids entertained, here are some links to some fun resources that will break up the days a little.  

    1.The Body Coach #PEwithJoe

    The online fitness guru is starting ‘PE with Joe’ on Monday 23rd March at 9am on his YouTube channel: The Body Coach #PEwithJoe and will be on every week day. It’s an hour’s long PE lesson to kickstart the day, I’m going to join in too!

    2. The Curiosity Box

    The award-winning The Curiosity Box provide fun boxes of science and engineering activities for 4-11-year olds delivered to your door. They have designed a  Family Coronavirus Toolkit which includes child-friendly COVID-19 information from reliable sources and general resources to keep kids entertained.

    3.Facebook group: Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas

    As the time of writing, this group has 450,000 members, has just been featured on BBC online news and is awash with great resources. Sing and Sign sessions going online, free virtual yoga sessions, cookery sessions, story time for very young children, free coding sessions, there is plenty to browse through depending on the age of your children.

    4. The Scouts #TheGreatIndoors

    The Scouts have pulled together a selection of indoor activities to “Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds)” Sounds good to me!

    5.Family Days Tried And Tested

    See the links to the free virtual tours of museums, galleries and landmarks from around the world. NASA mission operations room, the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, there’s plenty of choice.

    6. YouTube & BBC documentaries

    If you just need them to sit in front of the TV for a while whilst you have a break then YouTube has National Geographic Kids, the Science Channel and of course there’s a whole selection of Sir David Attenborough series on iPlayer such as Blue Planet, Life and Africa.

    If you have a tent, I’ve heard of people putting them up in the garden to give themselves another space. Perhaps for the kids to play in, or for frazzled parents to escape to!

    Wishing you all the best of luck! Stay well.

    Here are some photos of mothers all over the world, we’ve been lucky enough to meet.

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