A clear route out of lockdown; the three Ps

With the lack of clear guidance from our government, I wanted to put forward my plan for how we, as parents, can get through lockdown.

Pasties. Pastry is amazing and Greggs is shut. Now is the time for us all to get our flour, keep our butter cold and spend more time in the kitchen making amazing foods. I’ve been perfecting my tomato sauce, pizza dough and soon to get working on my pasties. You don’t have to be a douchebag #forthegram cook like me but whatever gets you through the day, do it.

Pints. Obviously not from the pub, they shouldn’t be open anyway but you might find that they are offering deliveries to areas nearby. Even your local breweries might be doing the same and the odd order could help keep a business alive without them having to risk the health of their staff by re-opening fully. If you’re able to, you could probably help a few businesses stay afloat – barbers, window cleaners, nail salon, whatever small services you use on a regular or semi-regular basis.

Parenting. We have a toddler. I’m not here to ask for sympathy (we’re well aware of the privilege we have throughout this – we’re not having to home-school, both still have full wages, both working from home pretty much all the time, have a roof over our head, no serious health conditions and a garden) but Jesus wept, it’s a lot harder than normal. We’re doing our best to fill his days with fun activities, being outside and introducing him to all the Disney classics but it can be so tedious and tiring. We’re all finding it harder than the usual and if you can remember one thing please let it be this; don’t compare yourself to what others share on social media, you do you.

To make it easier for you, I’ve even made this handy graphic to help you remember it

This is obviously a little tongue in cheek but if you are finding lockdown difficult, please don’t be afraid to get help. Each of us is in a different position to others and will find different aspects of lockdown harder to deal with. Speak to those close to you, share with them how you’re doing. If you need it, my channels are always open too (@attemptingtodad pretty much anywhere).

Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.

Pasties. Pints. Parenting.

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