27th May, 2020, Stephenson Smart
It’s A Dad’s Life with Neil Gayton
In some ways we all have a routine, whether we realise it or not.
Getting up for school, going to work, after school clubs, dinner and bed.
But now like millions of other families across the UK, that routine has dramatically changed.
When we first entered lockdown, we were faced with a new way of life, a different way of working and overnight my wife and I became home schoolers. It was a daunting prospect, but we have adapted and somehow found ourselves owners of a new routine.
I get up early to do some work before we all tune in for Joe Wicks, where the boys continually try to outdo me and each other by shouting all the answers out to his world quiz, while arguing over who did more burpees.
Aided by my litre of coffee, we then set our work up for the day and the boys with their school lessons.
When they get restless sometime around 3pm and start sticking pencils in each other’s ears, we all go out for our daily exercise. This basically involves my wife and the boys cycling, while I try and keep up by running with the dog.
They return feeling revitalised. I return realising I picked the short straw.
We then have dinner and often some kind of what’s ap family quiz before bed.
I know by the time you read this, things may have changed, but for now we have essentially diversified and adapted the way we work as a family. I’ve learnt a lot about the boys, and myself. Thankfully they haven’t fired me from the maths lessons, so I must be doing something right.
It’s a similar scenario with my clients. Many have had to diversify their business in order to survive, especially shop owners or service providers.
Some have had to furlough workers, understand loan interruption schemes and for those who receive small business rates relief, apply for grants.
It’s inspiring how determined and strong people remain in the face of adversity.