As we are making our way through the eight week of lockdown, I was honoured to be nominated by To Yorkshire and Beyond, to write about the positive things I have come across during lockdown. Finding the lockdown silver linings in tough situations like this helps us to get through these trying times and I am a half glass full kind of person anyway… so here are the things that I am feeling positive about during this time.
I have loved having more family time together, we are always so busy; visiting everyone and going places. It has been a welcome change to take a step back. It’s just been us and us alone. We have got out as a family to walk the dogs, which rarely happened mid week before and we are eating all 3 meals together, which only happened at weekends before. It’s been so lovely to sit together and talk about things. I feel that we have all bonded because of it. It’s probably my most favourite of the lockdown silver linings.
Spending time with the pets
It has been so nice to get out and walk the dogs as a family more. Rambo is stuck to Noah like glue and I think they will both feel really sad when things go back to normal. Even the cat has socialised more with the children, normally we only see him when the children are in bed. They have helped feed the pets, they are doing daily tricks with the dogs and are snuggling with them a lot too. It’s nice seeing Rambo leaping into Noah’s bed to say goodnight in the evenings. I love their bonds.
Working from home
I am really enjoying working from home. Obviously homeschooling is extremely stressful and there’s absolutely no time for anything else when I have to be teacher. However, when the kids go back to school, I am hoping that I can carry on working from home. I feel so happy in my home. Being with the pets all day, even if they are just snuggling at my feet, listening to the birds singing in the garden, making a cup of tea in my favourite mug. Then the environmental elements: I am not in the car for an hour a day, so saving fuel and fumes! It all helps. I usually work from home once a week, but I am hoping that I can do this a lot more after lockdown. I want this to be my new normal!
As the rest of the Country has been doing the same, it’s been loungewear all the time and everyday! I have loved sitting in leggings, hoodies and tees. My favourite kind of clothes are comfortable clothes, I would say surfer style clothes is what I prefer to wear. It’s been lovely to put my heels and work dresses away for a little while. However, I am a little nervous they won’t fit after lockdown! haha.
Teaching the kiddies
I have been loving the teaching malarkey. It did take me a few weeks to wrap my head around the guilt of not working as much as I normally do. It was a sudden realisation that I am working, just not what I normally do for a job. Half of my week I am a teacher and the other half of the week I am a Project Manager and in-between I am a blogger/influencer, parent and wife! Wow… it’s a busy week! 🤩 Once I got over the worrying, I enjoyed the teaching. I spend some of my Sunday’s preparing the work for the week: word maps on the whiteboard, printing worksheets and tidying up the work from the previous week. It’s hard trying to get the children to concentrate all of the time, but on the whole they are doing really well. They whoosh through their work and then have the end of the week for fun. Bike rides, baking and LEGO are top of the list for the extra curricular activities.
I have really enjoyed writing this post, I am really grateful that we still have our health and our lovely home to seek solace in. I nominate the lovely Liz from The Mummy Editorial. Looking forward to reading your lockdown silver linings Liz!
What are you finding the positives in during lockdown? I would love to know in the comments below or on social media: @mummyconstant.
Margaret GallagherMay 17, 2020
It certainly a time to appreciate what we already have – so much POSITIVITY always
msedollypMay 18, 2020
I think a lot of people are finding more positives than negatives!
Jeanette LeightonJune 30, 2020
Lovely pictures I can’t wait for normality to return it’s hard atm but looks like you are making the best of things 🙂
Angela TreadwayMay 21, 2020
i think the lockdown has been scary but i do feel its brought a lot of people together x
Lynda GrahamMay 22, 2020
We have to appreciate what we have in life.
Lockdown is a way of learning what we NEED instead of what we LIKE.
lynn nealMay 22, 2020
I am finding more time to do the things I enjoy which is gret!
Emma EnglandMay 23, 2020
I’ve loved spending more time with my family too. I think we should all look at this as positively as we can.
Selena LongworthMay 23, 2020
Mornings are home lessons for my daughters who are 3 and 5. My three year old has start learning some phonics ready for school in September. My 5 year old is working thought her year one syllabus.
Afternoons, my husband (bus driver) heads off to work so I do craft and creative activities with all three of mine age 2,3 and 5. We have started taking walks to our local common and taking a interest in wildlife. ❤️ I’ve enjoyed the slower pace for a while, allowing my eldest to sit up a little later and watch a film or do a puzzle.
Georgie WrightMay 23, 2020
My dog is loving having my partner at home all the time, don’t know how she’ll cope when he’s out more!
Jenny McClintonMay 31, 2020
I have also been working from home and have found I have liked it. as when you get a chance to concentrate you can get a lot more done. I have also been home schooling though and have found the juggle of both a bit stressful. Trying to get my daughter to concentrate long enough and going backwards and forwards to my work in between has been tiring.
Gemma HendryMay 31, 2020
I deffo think extra time with the kiddies has been the biggest silver lining
Helen ArlowJune 1, 2020
It has made us realise how much we used to take for granted. We are definitely looking on the positive side of things and making the most of all the extra time, before we go back to work/school x
Carrie Talbot-AshbyJune 1, 2020
We have definitely taken the approach with the kids of this being a positive thing. I have four children in a very small 2 bed home but despite this, they haven’t argued once, or gotten mad that they can’t see friends, instead, they have gotten closer as a unit and found ingenious ways to keep themselves amused!
I have loved my husband working from home, and so has he, despite our front room also being our bedroom and now also our office lol, we found that this has made such a difference, he gets more time to play with the kids while I lose myself in a book. I am just glad that so far (touch wood) we have stayed healthy and positive, and will continue to do so until the science says otherwise! 🙂
Great blog post – and truly lovely pictures! x
Lyndsey cookseyJune 4, 2020
There are some lovely things to come out of lockdown. Like you, I’m loving our family time. Just me, hubby, my daughter and the cat and dog! Ive gone back to working in a school and the dog has been missing me! My hubby said he stands on the settee whining till I come home! Bless. Lovely photos and lovely memories you have made.
Margaret GallagherJune 4, 2020
Sunshine Guarenteed with your beautiful pics
Sandra FortuneJune 7, 2020
Lovely all being together and you have some lovely photos I’m longing to have my grandson so I hope this will all end soon
Jazz TattersallJune 8, 2020
What I’m gonna cherish is my freedom to work when I want too
Carly BelseyJune 11, 2020
What a lovely blog post, it’s really nice hearing all the positives of lockdown. I feel happy and fortunate like you do although I do have my bad days with the home schooling as I feel I am not good enough to help the children,
Susan SmithJune 15, 2020
Have found many positives about this lockdown, we have more fun and have found we are chatting more as a family, life gets so hetic, but now we have time to learn from each other
Charlotte Carter-DunnJune 20, 2020
It’s so important to find the positives when things seem out of control, love this post!
Jessica BarberJune 30, 2020
Absolutely love this post. It’s so important to find positivity in the madness at times like these. The photos are so lovely. I particularly agree with spending time with pets- it’s been such a gift in that way!