Children are used to having a timetable for the school day, so a timetable for home in the coming weeks will help to make an uncertain situation feel a bit more 'normal'.
As a wise health visitor once said: "A messy house is a happy house" – it shows that children are busy creating entertainment (and some chaos!).
Cut yourself some slack if the house isn’t perfect. After all, kindness, love and looking after each other is more important.
When the clutter gets too much, tidying up helps us to feel in control. As part of your weekly routine, ask the kids to help with laundry and cleaning – you can even make it a game or a competition.
Or get creative and turn you home into a space station – with a science lab, sleeping pod, exercise zone, baking zone, reading and maths corners – their imagination will run riot but these things will keep children occupied too.
Try making signs for each of the zones and agree time for each as part of your timetable. Schools should help with homework and tips for learning at home – having some fun will help.
If you are working from home, explain to children that you won’t always be available to join in with them while you’re busy, and you might need a quiet space to work.