Katrina Urban, Services Project Manager
one son, 12, and one daughter, one month
I began lockdown on 12th March at 27 weeks pregnant, home schooling a 12-year-old Joshua and working from home full-time. As much as I missed physically seeing my NABS family and getting to say goodbye to everyone before going off on mat leave, I definitely wasn't sad to not be getting on the central line daily towards the end of pregnancy!
Home schooling has become more challenging the longer it has gone on as the novelty has long since worn off. Finding ways to motivate Josh or myself hasn't always been easy with the resistance put up by him at times.
We've had to find more creative ways of using things he finds interesting, such as watching animal and technology documentaries then writing about them afterwards instead of some of the set topic work. School have been understanding and supportive, making regular contact with pupils, checking on their general wellbeing and not applying additional pressure to parents.
I'm now on mat leave so juggling work has been replaced with caring for Alice who joined us on 12th June. It's definitely a benefit having my partner working from home as he gets to spend more time with us rather than travelling to the office.
Again, Josh's school have been supportive knowing there would be more disruption for him as we all adjust to life with a small human. We’re definitely on the countdown to summer break!
Tip for parents: The six-week summer break isn't far away; plan some fun family activities and celebrate home schooling being over!
Tip for employers: Keep up with virtual team social events and encourage everyone to join. These really helped us to all stay connected as a close-knit office.
Steve Rowe, Lead Senior Support Advisor
one daughter, two and one son, two months
Steve is busy on paternity leave!