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Positive attitude is the best way to stop family going stir crazy

David Coleman



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Ready to go:  Ayoub Amer helps his twin daughters Rayhana and Ikram (13) as they collect  school books in Coláiste Bríde in Clondalkin, Dublin, before the enforced school closure. 
Photo: Frank McGrath

Ready to go: Ayoub Amer helps his twin daughters Rayhana and Ikram (13) as they collect school books in Coláiste Bríde in Clondalkin, Dublin, before the enforced school closure. Photo: Frank McGrath

Ready to go: Ayoub Amer helps his twin daughters Rayhana and Ikram (13) as they collect school books in Coláiste Bríde in Clondalkin, Dublin, before the enforced school closure. Photo: Frank McGrath

I'd say most parents around the country were half-expecting an announcement about schools closing, but I'm willing to bet it has still come as a big shock to most of us.

For lots of parents it has required a mad scramble to activate some kind of alternative childcare, especially with crèches and preschools closed. Even when we have the facility to work from home it'll be hard to actually get work done when we have our children's needs to meet at the same time.

There also may be many families that will be financially hit by being out of work, so even though childcare may be less of an issue if you, too, are at home, the worry about how to make ends meet might replace the stress of having no childcare.