Juggling homeschooling and work has become the new normal for most parents in Australia in 2020.
While far from ideal, we are finding some rhythm with this home-based learning for our nine-year-old son Toby. He works through a daily schedule from his amazing teacher, we have a couple of breaks for snacks and we are all done by 2pm.
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This is when I’m finding the real challenge of parenting a ‘big kid’ in the time of COVID-19 begins.
Toby is a ball of energy; used to notching up 15,000 steps a day on his Fitbit, even before he went to one of his regular after-school activities.
Prior to the new normal, Toby would spend recess and lunch playing handball with friends. After school was filled with soccer training, swimming or tennis lessons and playdates with mates.
An online PE session or a daily walk around the block is fine for us parents and our three-year-old son Leo, but for Toby, it's just not enough.
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