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The first week of the summer holidays is already done and dusted! I have a feeling it might actually fly by quite quickly. It’s been a nice balanced week – not too busy but we’ve done some lovely things as well. One of the big things has been that I’ve started relaxing a little about social distancing for the twigs with other kids.
Relaxing about social distancing for the twiglets
On Monday we had a little playdate with a few of C’s friends from her class. It ended up being at the playground, which I was pretty nervous about, as we hadn’t set foot in one since they reopened after lockdown.
But I had a bit of a realisation, that actually it isn’t really practical to enforce social distancing with 5-year olds. I know that might sound obvious but I naively thought it might be possible. I think if you met one friend for a picnic and were really strict about it, it could just about be. But as soon as you let them have any free play, it’s basically game over. And it seems quite mean not to let them play!
So I realised that I was going to have to make a decision. Either relax about social distancing for H and C around other kids. Or just not really let them see any friends over the summer. Having seen how much happier they’ve been since being back at school for a few weeks, I didn’t really want to deprive them of any social interaction.
Plus, in a matter of weeks, they’ll be back at school with hundreds of kids. They’re going to be in year group bubbles, (though I don’t really envisage how that will work!!) but that’s still 90 children they’ll be mixing with.
So I decided to try and relax a bit and let them play with other kids. Not loads obviously!! And only outside. And to be fair, they didn’t really get that close anyway and I’m still very much distancing, and making them distance from, adults. They had such a great time though – it was really lovely to see them enjoying interacting with other children. (Once I’d stopped having a fricking heart attack!)
This week the twigs also had much-needed lockdown haircuts! H’s had got really quite long, and although I do love it longer, it does get a bit straggly and messy! And C needed a good fringe trim (after I butchered it attempting to cut it myself!)
We always go to Snippety Do Dah’s in Epsom for the twigs’ haircuts. It’s such an amazing little salon and so well suited to us as it’s basically covered in rainbows!
A visit to the lavender field
We also visited our local lavender field, Mayfield Lavender Farm. It was such a lovely morning and we captured some really special photos. You can read all about our trip and see more pictures in this post 🙂
Coming out of lockdown
It was nice doing a few more ‘normal’ things this week. I’ve definitely felt myself getting less anxious than before about getting out. I still haven’t braved going in a shop or supermarket, and am not intending on going to any pubs or restaurants yet.
It’s hard in this period of coming out of lockdown, to know what to do for the best. A lot of the guidance seems open to interpretation and so many people seem to be just be fully back to normal now. We certainly aren’t and have followed the guidelines religiously up until now.
Everyone just has to take things at their own pace. I really hope I don’t open myself up to criticism by being honest about this. I think everyone has to do what’s right for their family, and it’s really difficult to know sometimes.
How are you feeling about coming out of lockdown? Are you relaxing social distancing for your kids at all?
Thanks for reading! Til next time,