Hello everyone, There's a pink elephant in the room...

But unfortunately, it's definitely there! I think the best advice I could give everyone right now, as a parent, a previous educator, someone that has hypermobility, and also suffers with mental illness... Normality will get us and our children through this uncertain time. I know that a lot of our children are now off of school - I also know that a lot of children are naturally very worried right now...

Children and young people, particularly those with anxiety, thrive on routine. Ok, our routines have undoubtedly changed, so let's create new routines. Treat this as an adventure - how lucky are we that most of us have extra time with our children? I know it's not as easy as that - But for sake of this post, I'm ignoring other worries that we have as adults.

Mental health *must* come first in my opinion. Our kids will most likely remember this time forever. Let them remember, that we tie dyed t-shirts, that they baked my birthday cake, that they planted things in the garden, that we stayed up later playing video games, that we watched the whole entirety of Friends....! I could go on, but you get the idea. I'm not saying to ignore school work, my girls will both have work to complete - but having had a child out of education completely for six months - I can tell you that kids catch up really quickly, even if they have NO education like my daughter did.

Don't make completing work a battle. Give them other life skills to learn, for example, cooking a curry, how to do a food shop online, how to "hand-knit" or proper knitting/crochet. One of my favourite skills that I always recommend for any age, is learning to touch type! I can't tell you how glad I am that I learned how to touch-type one summer in my teens. There are some great websites to teach them, e.g. BBC Dance Mat Typing.

-Lara