Bonjour lecteurs! Feeling like I am going a bit too far when I ask if the government has let parents down during the pandemic? Well, think again… It is quite obvious that the current school situation is going to have a massive impact on families. Not only on kids’ wellbeing but also on parents’ jobs. And sadly, I feel that mums will be first impacted on the long-term. What has been put into place for us? No financial support can ever cover what will happen to our career…and more!
100 Days of Lockdown
This week officially marks 100 days of lockdown. Yes, over 25% of the year with the kids at home.
And I am sure you know it. It is intense, non-stop. Get up, breakfast, homeschool, cook, clean, snack, play, learn, cook, clean and repeat?
What a routine!
Again, I can not really complain. Baba has been back to the nursery for 2 weeks. So I am ever feeling so grateful that I can now go back to work as normal.
And I don’t even know how I survived the last 3 months or so. Let alone parents who still currently have kids at home right now while working…
New Induction In September
I genuinely thought that with the gradual lockdown ease, it will only get easier. Well… Not quite!
Baba is starting primary school in September and I received more info about the induction.
What would normally happen in July to get the kids ready for their first school year will now have to take place in September.
He is basically going to go to school half an hour a day the first week, to then do a few hours before going half a day.
Eventually, his first full day will be at the end of September! But who knows if it will happen later!
Bring It On September!
Horreur! When I discovered the new induction planned, I was truly horrified!
It basically means that Baba is going to be back at home pretty much full time with me the whole month…
September is one of the months in terms of projects and work and I am already dreading it!
How are we going to manage? The last three months have already been challenging enough ?
School Not Fully Back
I thought we were seeing the end of this tunnel, but far from it…
Back to get up at dawn to get some work done and make money on the way! You know, so we can pay our mortgage…
And the joys of homeschooling, because I don’t want him to fall behind and have a great start.
I can’t even complain about the school. Its team has truly been amazing so far at providing us with resources so that this new start doesn’t feel too much for our little ones.
And communication is great. I know they have my back and all the school staff work bloody hard to make the induction as smooth as possible.
I Feel Angry
I am just annoyed! It feels that once more, education is the least of the government’s priorities.
More importantly, parents are let down big time and there will be huge consequences in the long term.
Mums are more likely to deal with it and put their career on the side.
Many parents rely on schools to cover their childcare for them to work. And they will have to carry on this juggle!
For primary age kids, it has already been a nightmare. I can not even imagine how parents with SEN children cope! Or single parents.
Women In the Workplace
Let’s face it. Employers have been great at accommodating flexible working over the last few months but with the lockdown easing, it is not going to carry on!
And who will be affected first-hand? Women! All the progress we have made in the workplace environment will be pushed back.
Because let’s face it, in 85% of households women took over, dealing with the children and the homeschooling business.
It is in our nature and very often, the man is still the bread-winner so they are the ones working while we have to give a break to our career… Back to a traditional family set up?
Where Education Really Happens
And don’t get me wrong, I completely understand why schools aren’t fully operating and will not be for a long time.
But consequences from distance learning will be considerable, academically, socially, and mentally. For both children and parents.
The truth is, education happens at school, not at home with stressed parents trying to make a living!
Because there, children develop skills that are more important than counting and reading.
However hard parents try. We are not designed to do this.
And you can be as positive as you want, this will reflect in the years to come for all your famille…
Has The Government Let Down Parents During The Pandemic?
So my question to you is… Has Government Let Down Parents During The Pandemic? Do you feel burn out?
It is so uncertain at the minute. The Prime Minister has shown his desire for kids to go back to school in September. Yet, I can not stop but think it is not happening anytime soon.
How are you coping with it at the minute? Will you still be homeschooling during the official summer holidays?
Are you seeing a gloom future for your career as a parent? What kind of support do you have in place so that you can find a balance in those strange times?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts and bonne chance for the next few weeks homeschooling before les vacances!