Like most parents I had grand plans not to let the kids' education slide in this period of being at home. Arts and crafts, spelling, online tutorials - we would be creative with keeping their brains sharp. There would be no daytime TV. The day would start with a good breakfast, then we'd sit at the table and focus on the work at hand for the morning while also managing to get some fresh air and exercise. Easy.
The reality is a lot different. And two weeks into this homeschooling project I am not afraid to say I am more winging it than acting it. No two days are the same and a lot of the time our plans become weather dependent. If the weather is fine, I try and get out for a walk with my two sons Dallan (11) and Oirghiall (8) and then try to set aside some time for school work.
Before the schools closed, their teachers assigned some work, so we try to stay up to date with that. I've taken heart from the experts who say that arts and crafts are part and parcel of the curriculum and we're including some creative time in our 'school' day.
When our local scouts group launched a competition to design a new badge, we incorporated that into our work.
We're probably doing better on the physical exercise (PE) front than we are in other areas. We are walking the dog, doing longer exploring walks in our area and running around the garden every day.
Walks to the nearby beach give us the opportunity to talk about the environment, gather sea glass - another arts and craft project we have on our to-do list - and just be out in nature.
We've also found a good website where the boys can revise their maths with questions aimed at their specific classes - but we're not doing this every day as it becomes a bit formulaic.
One thing I have realised is that my secondary school Irish is so poor now that I need a refresher course if I am to be of any help to them as they get older. That's another one for the to-do list.
With work and deadlines and dinner still to be put on the table, I am realising the importance of trying to keep things relaxed. It's almost as if my stress is mirrored in the kids. When we take things easy, doing little bursts of school activity with a bit of fun stuff like Lego or painting thrown in, the day goes better.
Still, it can be difficult to feel that you are staying on top of things. While online resources are great - with parents sharing tips for educational apps and websites - it can be overwhelming and leave you feeling you are not doing enough.
To quell my own fears, I checked in with Limerick school principal Anne Horan of Carrickerry NS, whose three teachers have all been busy sending out homework packs to their 62 pupils to keep them on track.
However, Ms Horan says while structure is important, there is no way parents can replicate the school day and they shouldn't even try to.
She says if parents are aiming for an hour every day that should be enough.
"I've advised parents to give them lots of reading - books are the best resource you could ever have," she says.
And while her school has sent work home, she says it's not always possible for families to do everything, particularly where parents are working. The idea is to help children be ready to return to school, she says.
"I don't think you can do it wrong. If you are doing anything at all, you are doing it right. Just do something.
"I think each family will find a way and a time that suits. If the parent is stressed about the work, the children are going to be stressed as well."
Author Caroline Finnerty, from Ardclough, Co Kildare, says she has good days and bad days while trying to homeschool her four children Lila (10), twins Tom and Bea (8) and Charlie (3).
She describes her routine as more ad hoc than set in stone, but they have made a habit of tuning into 'The Body Coach' Joe Wicks's workout in the morning to give the kids some PE time.
"We try and do a bit of school work from what the teacher has given them. Then it's lunch time and we might go for a walk in our local area. I have started reading a chapter of Harry Potter every day and we might do a bit of baking. It's a loose structure," says Caroline. "I'm playing it by ear and seeing what's going on with the weather. I'm not really worried about them falling behind. When they go back to school they'll all be in the same boat. We have to trust the teachers," she says.
For the author of books like 'Into the Night Sky' and 'My Sister's Child', the kids being off school means Caroline has had to abandon her writing for now. However, she feels that it's really important in this time of huge uncertainty that the kids are content and happy: "If everyone comes out of this with good mental health, that's really important."
While every family is different, it is good to know that nobody has it sussed. Doing a little every day is good enough and for most of us good enough is what we're aiming for in these exceptional and challenging times.