Nicky Harris, Director of Strategy & Development
One son, 5 & one daughter, 2
My husband and I have a work/home life collision right now, video conferences with the kids around, country walks as a family while on a work call. It's a bit of a mess but we're having to merge the lot and hope for the best! Having such an understanding boss and team is helpful and reassuring.
We're sharing the load by doing two hours on, two hours off, when diaries don't clash, so that each of us has some focused work time. However, when I'm with the kids, work naturally creeps in, which is a struggle and frustrating for everyone. Working at night helps, especially when it's with a glass of wine, but it's pretty exhausting. We need to get stricter about taking some nights off.
This situation has thrown everyone. As a parent, you can't possibly make this work perfectly. There just aren't enough hours in the day. Go easy on yourself. Accept that being just OK at work and childcare has got to be enough at the moment.
Watching the hundreds of funny videos doing the rounds at the moment is helping, as is not worrying about cleaning and tidying. There's no point and it's one less job to do.
For me, helping the kids to feel calm during this crisis is massively important. I want them to remember this as a happy time with their parents. At least, that's my goal at 7am. By 2pm I'm googling where to buy sedation darts.
Louise Scodie, Senior PR & Communications Manager
One daughter aged 2
There’s a reason why childcare was invented. My little girl is a livewire and managing her and my workload is a challenge at best. My days fly by in a haze and by the weekend I’m fried.
If I’m working, Amber wants to be involved. I can’t send an email without her asking to “watch Frozen on Mummy’s computer”. Often, I just have to be present with Amber and do activities with her, jigsaws, baking and discussing Frozen, and deal with my work at another point. When deadlines fire at me, my friend CBeebies comes to the rescue.
Exercise is my saviour, my oxygen and my non-negotiable. Even then, I have to get up super early to work out; 5:45am press-ups, anybody? I respond to emails over breakfast while Amber plays and do ‘concentration’ work such as writing in the early evening when her Dad can watch her.
Schedules don’t work for us. Last week, Amber fell asleep on me at 3:30pm for an hour. I used the time to write an article. I couldn’t feel my left arm due to Amber’s weight but at least I could get the job done in peace.
My top tips? Accept what you can’t change, exercise with Joe Wicks and nap at the weekends.