With the Roadmap out of lockdown offering a light at the end of a long tunnel, it feels as though we’re close to returning to normality. One where we can hug grandparents, see our children play with their friends, and have family gatherings where social distancing is a thing of the past.
To say it’s been a difficult 12 months is an understatement. With people told to work from home and schools ordered to shut, there was a lot to contend with in a short space of time and we have all been doing our best to figure things out as we go along. Parents have acted as teachers, playmates and carers all whilst trying to do their own work at the dining room table, and children have gone from being in the classroom every day to learning online.
Families have really felt the pain of this third lockdown but the re-opening of schools will give some much needed routine back into their lives.
Nannies have been a mainstay throughout the pandemic and deserve so much recognition for this. As the only form of childcare allowed to continue, parents have relied on their nannies even more during times when children have been sent home from school to isolate after their social bubble has been compromised. Having an extra pair of hands to help with childcare duties has been a huge help to parents and has also been beneficial to their mental health by relieving some of the pressure; for many parents, their nanny has been their hero.
Nannying is an incredibly rewarding career but at times can be isolating, so we must shine the light on our unsung-heroes and thank them for going above and beyond over this past year. Even after lockdown there will likely be uncertainty for the next year, but nannies will give families the flexibility to deal with whatever comes their way.
There are plenty of concerns for the future I could write about, but I want to focus on the positives. We are all facing uncertainty, but lockdown has given us the opportunity to appreciate how precious it is to have a healthy family. A lot of us have been able to spend more time with our children than ever before, learning about their hopes and dreams, their concerns and worries, and appreciating them for the unique people they are, and it has given us time to reflect on how much our nannies have a positive impact on our families’ lives.
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