• Mrs D Allis

Having your own space

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Check out this website www.familylives.org.uk which has some great advice.

Everyone enjoys a bit of ‘me’ time, including children, it is important to give each other some space to unwind, gather some thoughts and just have some individual space.

Having said that, doing things together, even sharing the chores unites the family as a team. In addition, remember your children are used to structure within their day, usually following a timetable and adhering to school expectations. They may well miss this structure, so set the tone with a daily routine, especially Mondays to Fridays. This will help you as parents, but also your children for when they return to school.