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This Mary Poppins home-schooling with no expiry date is the ultimate test for my parenting skills

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Cabin fever: Mary McCarthy in teacher mode with her children John Feeney (11), Dermot Feeney (7) and Aris Feeney (3). Photos: Mark Condren

Cabin fever: Mary McCarthy in teacher mode with her children John Feeney (11), Dermot Feeney (7) and Aris Feeney (3). Photos: Mark Condren

Cabin fever: Mary McCarthy in teacher mode with her children John Feeney (11), Dermot Feeney (7) and Aris Feeney (3). Photos: Mark Condren

When I wake these days I momentarily forget the strange times we find ourselves in until the floating anxiety kicks in - a feeling which has magnified now homeschooling has started.

All weekend I vacillated between pessimism and pragmatism - reading scary medical reports with a wretched feeling and the next minute brisk and distracted with decluttering as I cleared a work station for the kids - thinking: I've got this, there are healthcare workers on the frontline; I can manage a few spelling tests.

We were initially told homeschooling was for two weeks; but it's clear from Leo Varadkar's speech we are talking months.


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