Vicki Psarias - keeping the postive changes you made during lockdown
PUBLISHED: 12:29 23 July 2020 | UPDATED: 12:44 23 July 2020
Meet our columnist, author and social media sensation Windsor-based ‘Honest Mum’ Vicki Psarias
Normal life appears to be resuming again now in the UK. There’s still a lot of uncertainty but non-essential shops have reopened, Windsor appears more lively and hopefully all children will return to school in September if the virus can be kept under control.
Like many of you, I’ve not seen my folks in months and FaceTime really isn’t cutting it any more. Wail. As soon as it’s safe to do so, I’ll be heading north for a couple of weeks to cuddle my parents and catch up with my extended family in Leeds and Manchester.
I could do with the childcare help too. As the parent with a flexible job here, I’ve been homeschooling my children and working on my blog, Honestmum.com, until 3am. And I’m not the only one.
Researchers from IFS and the UCL Institute of Education have designed an online survey, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and fielded between 29 April and 15 May, to capture how 3,500 families with two opposite-gender parents are sharing paid work and domestic responsibilities. They have found the lion’s share of responsibilities around the home and childcare has fallen on the mother and there’s been a reduction in the time that mothers are spending on paid work. Mothers, too, are 23% more likely than fathers to have lost their jobs during the crisis. It’s a tricky time for many of us and, sadly, women who are already hit by an unequal workplace are again penalised.
This period has accelerated digitisation so now is the time to upskill in digital literacy and to look to work online. My book, MUMBOSS (the second edition is out this month with a new pop art inspired cover and my new name, Vicki Broadbent), shares how you can build an online platform: a blog, an Instagram account or e-shop to earn flexibly around your family.
Lockdown has changed me irrevocably. While my business has, thankfully, been busy I’ve used time saved on commuting to rediscover myself. I’ve started painting again after years of not. I’d previously exhibited and sold my work but the imposter syndrome in this instance had beaten me. Until lockdown. Without expectation or pressure, I started to paint again. It felt liberating. This became a gateway to me returning to my screenwriting roots and I’ve spent the last 13 weeks writing the first draft on a comedy screenplay.
I think this period has allowed us all to take stock of our lives and work out what it is we’d like to do more of. I hope things are getting easier for you too.
Get Vicki’s book at amazon.co.uk/Mumboss-Honest-Guide-Surviving-Thriving/dp/0349416699;
and in all good book shops;
This month I have...
Delicious local bakery business Wooden Spoon Windsor delivers baked goods and afternoon teas across the area. Amazing. facebook.com/woodenspoonwindsor
Discovered an app
Must-have app Nestlums encourages the kids to do their chores in return for gems, which unlock brilliant games, or in real life, pocket money. nestlums.io
This floral hoop by Baby Bear Designs, brainchild of Hannah Hall, is a beautiful addition to my dressing table.
Hannah creates lovely original keepsakes. @Baby_Bear_Designs_