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Budding talent: What the kids really learnt when school was out

Parents fretted that their children would fall behind as classrooms closed down. But many have now acquired skills that will set them up for life.

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New skills: Caoimhe (9), Oisín (4) and Sadhbh Dunne (7) in the garden. Photo: Gerry Mooney

New skills: Caoimhe (9), Oisín (4) and Sadhbh Dunne (7) in the garden. Photo: Gerry Mooney

New skills: Caoimhe (9), Oisín (4) and Sadhbh Dunne (7) in the garden. Photo: Gerry Mooney

As parents limp across the home-schooling finishing line, most will rejoice that the summer holidays are finally within sight. But for all those who've worried that their kids might have missed out on all the academic benefits of the last part of the school year, there's also the dawning realisation that in fact, many of our children have acquired new skills in lockdown that they might never have otherwise learnt. Skills that will be with them for life.

Life in the slower lockdown lane saw 10-year-old Lucy Tilson from Dublin's Clontarf find a passion for baking she never knew she had. It came as a shock to her mum Lynn, who says she doesn't even buy pastries and cakes, never mind bake them. But when she bought her daughter a hand-held whisk in the middle of lockdown, Lynn says it was as if Santa came early and Lucy couldn't have been happier.

While her mum says her eldest daughter's new hobby literally "came out of nowhere", the family isn't complaining about her talent for treats.