What can we say about 2020? It started full of so much promise. And then Covid arrived and in March the children starting home-schooling; many of us who work turned the dining table into our new office desk. We fought for food delivery slots, and worried about the health of our parents. Then there was light at the end of the tunnel, and restrictions were loosened. Children went back to school. And now here we are – Christmas 2020 – and it will be unlike any Christmas that has gone before. For us, in Tier 4, we cannot even see our parents on Christmas Day. It is important to look onwards and upwards and hope that 2021 sees the end to this virus and our lives back on track. However, through all this, we have kept going. Our blogs have adapted to the changes, and in many cases have thrived. So, the best way to end 2020 here on Tots100, is to ask our bloggers what positives they will take into 2021, both personally and in terms of blogging.
During the first lockdown, with parents looking for help with home learning, the popularity of my site The SEN Resources Blog (for parents and teachers of children with special educational needs) rocketed and as a result I successfully pitched my book proposal to a publishers (Jessica Kingsley Publishers (Hachette)) whilst homeschooling and recovering from pneumonia! I’ve written it now and it will be released in June 2021. It’s called ‘100 Ways your Child can Learn Through Play’ and is aimed at parents and teachers of children with SEN.
Georgina, The SEN Resources Blog
Overall I’ve had a bit of a rubbish year. Lost my job, Father passed away and my own health scare … I started my blog and reignited my social media accounts. Loving it … enjoying people enjoying my content, social media helping me when it gets a bit lonely and so on. Positives to take into 2021 are looking forward to what my blog brings, networking and opportunities. I’ll definitely be making the most of each day and taking every opportunity that comes.
Damion, The Northern Dad
I’ve learnt that I’m actually happier being single with my 2 children. I went into this year in a relationship planning to get married in 2021, we didn’t live together but planned to once married etc, we would have been together over 2yrs. However, Covid hit and he stayed at his and me with the children and that’s when I realised that actually my life other than days out was a single person’s life and that I needed friends and company more than a relationship. I’ve also learned I need to work on myself. Covid also got me back into blogging as I did it full time 6yrs ago and stopped. Now back into it.
I’m looking forward to 2021 to focus more on myself, eating healthier and hopefully walking again (as have sciatica) and getting my thyroid under control and tests for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Emma, Lipgloss and Curves
The first national lockdown gave my blog a boost in views as parents were getting to grips with specialist teaching methods at home. It also gave me the focus I needed to improve my website along with taking up more paid opportunities. 2020 helped me to see that I can work around my kids putting my family first and have a successful blog. I look forward to growing my blog further in 2021.
Jade, The Autism Page
As a family we have learned we are stronger and more resilient than we thought possible, and that I’m a kick ass Dad (with lots still to learn). As a parent the lessons have been numerous, but perhaps the most profound is as far as positivity, happiness, curiosity and learning goes, the buck stops with us.
From a blogging perspective I learnt I could not only write but master my own creativity. As a result, 2021 is already awash with opportunity and multiple companies have asked for my writing skills. Hurrah.
Mark, The Apocalypse Daddy
The positive that’s been reinforced for me is that home family time is so important. We also need to protect our mental health in these hard times as we learn about self care.
In terms of blogging, it’s always helped me even if no-one reads it. It’s just a way to reflect for me and give me a constant project.
Stephen, Daddy and Munchkin
This year has been positive by showing big companies that working from home is possible. I’m glad for working mums and as a mum of two young children, I see that I will have more opportunities of flexible and work from home work when/if I decide to go back to work for a company.
Raimonda, Cosmo Mum
I’ve made it through 2020 losing my mum to cancer and then moving across the Atlantic to the USA, and the small matter of the pandemic as a much stronger and more resilient parent. I’ve also been reminded on a daily basis to try and find the fun and joy in the small things – that’s something no pandemic will ever take away!
Danni, Monkey and Pal
My positive takeaways this year are around my family relationships and the joy that can be found in the small things. I have realised that life is too short to do every club going or make work the primary thing. We realised that the kids just don’t need to do it all. We have scaled right back and actually talked about which activities the children truly love and have stopped the others. This also means that we save money so my husband can continue to work 4 days a week (started because of Covid cutbacks) and have one day where he and I are together and he is with the kids after school. So, going into 2021 we will be taking this extra time with us. We will continue to rush about less and be together more.
Kirsty, Navigating Baby
This year has taught me that I can hustle. I needed to maintain my wage and yet here I was really down on my luck; two months in hospital with an op that went awry, and with no wages and then the pandemic hit blogging hard … but I rallied. I got a part time therapy job and successfully pitched two books. I ended the year on track and relieved! Blogging can lead you down many pathways.
Becky, Simple Parenting
This year has made me appreciate the little things in life. The beautiful countryside around me where we can go for walks. Spending time with my husband and daughter. Not to mention FaceTime for keeping up to date with my grandchildren and other family members. Sometimes we forget the simple things in life.
Samantha, Stressed Mum
My baby daughter, even though she hasn’t had the opportunity to try playgroups, soft plays or attend play dates and she’s 15 months old, she managed to have her whole family at home with her (2 school aged boys and daddy) during lockdown a lot longer than the boys ever did. The bonding time she’s had with them can never be replaced with anything else.
Leyla, Motherhood Diaries