Single mom with a full-time job reveals why she refuses to homeschool her three kids

Single mom with a full-time job reveals why she’s refusing to homeschool her three kids during lockdown

  • A single mother has made the decision to send her children to school during the lockdown
  • Liliana*, from Sydney, refused to homeschool her children aged 12, 10 and 6
  • Exhausted mom said she’d tried homeschooling for a week but couldn’t handle it
  • She works in a ‘very demanding’ full time job so she needs peace and quiet
  • Mom said the family setup has worked ‘fantastic’ and her kids love school

A single mother has revealed why she made the decision to send her three children to school amid a Covid-19 lockdown.

Liliana*, from Sydney, has refused to homeschool her children – aged 12, 10 and six – because she has recently started working in a ‘very demanding’ full-time job.

Millions of Sydneysiders are currently in lockdown amid the state’s coronavirus crisis, with Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Blue Mountains and Central Coast forced to stay home since June 26.

After the first lockdown happened last year, the exhausted mother said she had tried homeschooling but sent her children back to school after a week.

A single mother has revealed why she made the decision to send her three children to school amid a Covid-19 lockdown (stock image)

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“I turned out to be a terrible teacher… I felt very anxious all the time, drank way too much alcohol and ate too much,” she said. children’s spot.

As a young, single-income family of four, she said she just couldn’t handle her kids “fighting, screaming and jumping up and down with boredom” all day long.

And while she works from home, Liliana says she now has three extra hours a day to spend with her kids because she doesn’t have to commute anymore.

The working mom said she starts each morning with early exercise and prepares breakfast for the family before her kids wake up.

After the first lockdown last year, the exhausted mom said she tried homeschooling but sent her kids back to school after a week (stock image)

After the first lockdown last year, the exhausted mom said she tried homeschooling but sent her kids back to school after a week (stock image)

She gets her kids ready for school before starting work at 10am.

“Then I do all my work tasks without distraction and extra motivation because I don’t have to physically rush anywhere,” she said.

After picking up her kids from after-school care at 5:00 PM, she starts dinner.

When her kids are asleep, she goes back to her computer to work for a few more hours.

The mother said the family set-up has worked ‘fantastic’ as her children enjoy going to school while she can work from home in peace.

“For me, it’s my sleep, diet, exercise, and my relationship with my kids — as well as my job. I couldn’t achieve this by having all three with me 24/7 while I was trying to work,” she added.

*Name has been changed

Schools in Greater Sydney

Parents and carers in Greater Sydney are required to keep children – in primary and secondary school – at home unless they have to be at school. Schools and After School Care (OOSHC) are open to any child who needs it.

All activities that are not part of the core curriculum will be stopped on the school grounds.

Schools may not refuse any student to visit the school site in person. Schools will offer a learning program for students who go to school and students who learn at home.

Students should not go to work or school if they are not feeling well, even with mild symptoms of COVID-19. Any person with COVID-19 symptoms should be sent home and banned from school unless:

  • they have been isolated for 10 days, while no medical certificate is available
  • they have a negative COVID-19 test result and are symptom free

Source: NSW government

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