It's been ages since I wrote an update to this little diary of mine. I really hope it will be something to look back on in the future. As Wales is coming out of lockdown it is all starting to become more of a distant memory. Going to the supermarket isn't so scary anymore, we are allowed to travel more than 5 miles and leave our homes as many times as we like.
Shops are opening up and beauty salons and restaurants will open in the next few weeks. The Covid 19 social distancing signs everywhere seem more normal and we are getting used to one way systems, standing apart and queueing on designated spots on the floor.
The children went back to school for a few days a couple of weeks ago. The middle two spent a whole day at school a week each, for three weeks (so three days in school). They got used to a small bubble of children in their class, to the drop off system, socially distanced classrooms and washing their hands a lot. They handled it remarkably well, not even really mentioning the changes.
E got to spend two days in school and I think she noticed more of a difference. She had a couple of friends in her bubble but she didn't really get to see anyone outside her bubble, despite the whole year being in the school at the same time. She definitely enjoyed being back though and it was good for her to have some time away from us and having a couple of more normal days.
When they go back to school in September, presuming the infection rates are still as they are, they will be returning to full class sizes and without the expectation to social distance so much. I think drop off times and pick up times are still to be staggered and it won't quite be back to normal but it will be better than no school! Although I think mine have really done well with home school and I hope to be able to continue with them a bit if we have time.
I will admit, I am concerned about a second wave hitting again in the winter. I don't want everything to go back to normal for a bit only for us all to end up in lockdown again. I'd find that so depressing. But for now we are making the most of our increased freedom and the weather and enjoying the outdoors and starting to see our friends again, little by little. Do you think the pandemic has affected your parenting?
Read our previous Coronavirus family pandemic diary posts here...