Woman on sofa with two young children. Photo by Alexander Dummer on Unsplash.

In search of respite – Jacqui’s story

I live with my two sons: 16 and 10. My 10 year old is autistic and not able to meaningfully participate in school with Covid so I’m home schooling. And working full time as an academic. I’ve hired two wonderful respite workers to work on reading, math and socialisation skills with my 10yo and my mom takes him 4 hours in the afternoon. I’m a single mom, and my youngest goes to his dad’s on the weekend. My workweek has shifted to include the weekend, though I try to spend meaningful time with my oldest during those days because he tends to get overlooked because of his younger brother’s additional needs.

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Putting the family first – Elizabeth’s story

I am fortunate enough to be able to work full time from home with a 2 year old. My job allows flex time, and my boss understands as she has 2 young children of her own. I begin my day at 6:30am preparing breakfast and lunch, and doing dishes. I work from 7-8:30am. Then I prepare my daughter for the day and encourage her to play with her toys. I work from 9:00-12:00, with occasional 5 min breaks. I feed my daughter lunch and put her down for a nap. Then continue working 12:30-2:30pm. When she wakes up, I give her playdough or crayons/colouring book. I work for another hour and then throw dinner together in the Instant pot (mom’s best friend). Dinner, dishes, play time, bath time, story time and sleep.

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Cleaning in the home: hand sanitiser. Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash.

Cleaning around the home – Debra’s story

Cleaning be it essential to ensure your home is dirt, grease and grime free!! Well as best as it can be, is at best necessary but sometimes irksome. I am always surprised at how dust creeps in even after a week, as well as the hidden grit that you unintentionally find when walking barefoot across the floor. Yet I did only washed the floor earlier that day! I clean what would be deemed as ‘thoroughly’ once a week, but I daily clean the toilet, sink and kitchen area. My mother would clean pretty much every moment of the day, which initially I too mimicked as I grew up until I had children. It was then I realised that actually there is more to life than cleaning every moment if the day… making memories, spending time with my children, together exploring the world around us.

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