By Lisa Glass
Standards have fallen, waistlines have expanded and definitions of acceptable TV shows for young viewers have been re-evaluated. Here’s how I’ve been a winning parent working from home.
- Kids grow fast. With new clothes hard to come by, my children are now stuck wearing my clothes. They look like middle-aged bag ladies in their cardi/leggings combos, but they’re learning not to judge others by their looks – win!
- Educational TV is a wonderful thing, but it can’t compete with the lure of winning a legendary pet rhino or a ‘spring 2020’ halo in the Roblox universe of incomprehensible child-lures. However, my 10-year-old now has a rare halo, a parasol, a four-storey McMansion AND a giraffe – win!
- 12-year-olds are awesome at cooking pasta, and it’s ok to eat way too much of it because you’re helping their self-esteem by enjoying their food – win!
- Even if the carefully curated resource packs supplied by the school go un-touched, books, drawing, creating their own board games, slime and ‘skin creams’ all count as educational activities – win!
- On at least 50% of days we have recorded zero fist fights and nobody (i.e. me) has run away from home – win!
Kudos to everyone who, like us, has been kid-wrangling over the last seven weeks or so. If they’re alive and you’re alive, you’re doing a great job. And bars will be open soon – win!