Day 8: Diary of a Mum Trying to Keep it Together

Squabble Scale: 6

A jump in numbers today!

Their silliest squabble was over a daffodil. Yesterday, in the park, they both brought home a daffodil that they found on the ground and put them in water.

Today, they argued over which daffodil belonged to who – apparently one of them was “worser” than the other…….

Relationship Status

The working from home is going better than expected – so far……..

We were both feeling the “sameness” of our days settling in today (and it’s only Week 1!).

Toilet Roll Status

I wasn’t in any shops today so nothing to report.

Home School

A tough day today – hard to get them to sit down and concentrate. I guess some days will just be harder than others.

For Art, I helped my 6 year old make my own Mother’s Day card!

I’m glad tomorrow is Saturday……….

Fun Activities

Ages ago, I had recorded “Fota Into the Wild” -a 4 part t.v. series following the men and women Fota Wildlife Park as they look after the animals, including looking at animal conservation. After homeschool, we sat down and watched it together.

They LOVED it – we met sloths, lemurs and new born lion cubs that looked like fluffy little teddy bears in the first episode. What a great show – the kind of t.v. programme I don’t mind them watching at all.

Highpoint of the Day

My 9 year old’s teacher sent the whole class a link to download Zoom and then at 11.00 a.m. they all logged in – they could see each other on the screen and speak to each other (the teacher too) and they shared their break time together.

It was pretty much just 20 mins of them all shouting to each other and no one hearing anything (actually probably just like a regular breaktime in school!). The excitement! Teacher of the week for sure!

Lowpoint of the Day

Doing maths with my 9 year old. She doesn’t like maths, finds it hard and gets frustrated. Guess who she takes her frustration out on……..



Live P.E. Class – this will be a great resource! Thanks Aideen for sharing.

For the Mums – I love the t.v. show “Reeling in the Years: – it always makes me so nostalgic. So, I’ll definitely be checking this out:


Are you renting?


I think that the majority of people are acting responsibly in the interests of trying to keep not only themselves, but those around us safe and well.

And then you come across this.. Speechless……….


Mum of 4 Sarah is trying to keep lots of balls in the air at the moment, balancing childcare, homeschooling and a full time job. She told me all about her Week 1 – love the photo diary idea!

“What we have been doing to survive – lots of rambling in the Dublin mountains. I’m a little nervous on my own with the kids by times but needs must. And it’s so breathtaking at the moment we have yet to get tired of it. It’s hard to keep them clean and dry but then there’s the added bonus that they need to shower and change which kills some more time! 

We tried the beach on Sunday but it was definitely a mass gathering so we hid in the dunes and picnicked in the car! 

My fit family is now working out online – BGR fitness are doing online workouts and asking people to donate to the Irish cancer society. I did one with the kids and another without. Good for everyone’s spirits. (One of my boys wanted to know did Ben ever get tired though ?!). And late night running. 

Lots of art, lego, school work and re discovering the garden. Same as everyone else on that front.And finally (cause they are looking for me again!!) I have been endlessly endlessly photographing my kids. The good, the bad and the ugly. Happy, moments, sad moments, mundane moments and the occasional magical moments that all come in one day. I’m kinda photographing everything in general. It’s a kinda photo diary just for me. Our survival in pictures. Cause pic’s are my jam”. 

Thanks for sharing Sarah! Great to hear someone else’s story and remember that we are all in the same boat – at a responsible social distance that is!


Finally, a giggle to finish the day – I definitely feel like this today!


Keep sharing ladies – I’m looking for jokes, stories of your good and bad days, your moans and frustrations, your funny moments, positive messages, ideas for kids activities, suggested kids online learning resources…….. I want to hear it all – the good, the bad and the ugly!

Also, if your kids have pictures of their drawings, art and craft creations, lego builds, baked treats or anything that they would like to share then just send them into me to post.

And, let’s not forget about us Mums – any online activities and resources for US that you come across, then please share too!

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