Lives in lockdown: parents’ accounts
Coronavirus and the lockdown are affecting everyone right now. It’s really hard for families – no childcare, no school and having to work out ways to keep occupied at home together. Families are finding it difficult to cope whatever their circumstances. Even if you’re living in a nice house with a garden, trying to do work and home educate or at least keep your children occupied is hard. And if you’re living on benefits in a flat with no garden, it’s even harder.
Whatever your story, Parenting across Scotland would like to hear from you. We’re creating a record of what’s happening to families at this time and will be talking to the Scottish Government about what help families need.
If you would like to share your story, please email Alison Clancy or complete the online form here.
And a big thank you to all those parents who’ve already shared their stories with us.
Life in lockdown has been a strange time
I think the first few weeks felt quite structured as we tried to keep to a normal routine but as time has gone by it’s becoming harder.
Jane is a foster carer with three children
I have to be happy and reassuring for the children, hiding my fears and feelings from them as to how worried I feel about this situation.
A mum of four talks about her lockdown challenges
For the most part my experience has been a positive but there have been challenges along the way. My autistic son has found it hard to adapt.
All parents are struggling with home learning, even with adequate resources
Sally discusses how the difficulties of lockdown have grown over time and how online educational resources have become overwhelming.
I have a daughter in P5 and a son in S4, home schooling has been challenging
Siobhan describes how she is finding home schooling challenging especially with her daughter who has ADHD.
Lockdown is really affecting my anxiety and PTSD
When lockdown began, I was 20 weeks pregnant with my second child. My first child, Tom, is two years old.
Becoming a new mum in lockdown
Charlotte describes the downfalls but also the positive aspects of having her baby in lockdown.
Carolyn describes a week in her family's lockdown
I had an early lockdown lesson; turns out when you’re four and used to spending three days a week at nursery, having no-one to play with is a big deal.
We are a family of five, one grown up daughter and two younger children who I care for
Elizabeth feels blessed to have a small garden but is very worried about the future.
Working and home schooling
Life is tiring - and worrying - having to home school, run a household and earn a living in lockdown
Lorraine's a professional childminder and is working through lockdown
Lorraine talks about how her work has changed and the needs of children in uncertain times
Michelle is a single mum of three
Michelle is caring for her seriously ill mother and three children, and is getting nowhere trying to find help to pay for necessities
Lucy is trying to continue her daughter's schooling and keep up with her own work
Lucy has found that making the most of this unexpected time with her daughter matters much more than home work
Shona talks about the impact the Coronavirus outbreak is having on her son
Shona is concerned about the emotional impact the loss of contact with friends and family is having on her four-year-old son