this family life episode 63: sunshine, deadlines and sadness

this family life episode 63: sunshine, deadlines and sadness

this family life episode 63: sunshine, deadlines and sadness

Welcome to the sixth week of season five of the this family life podcast! This season is focusing on how our family is organising, surviving and at times thriving under the stay at home restrictions in place in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each week I am recording a short, in time podcast episode sharing:

  • What is working
  • What isn’t working
  • Resources that have helped make our time at home more enjoyable, more productive or healthier

In this week’s episode it looked like:


Melbourne had a pretty glorious autumn week last week and the sun shone beautifully and brightly. A couple of the kids and I undertook an activity which I refer to as chasing the sun. We moved our work stations around the house so we could work in the sunshine. It made such a difference to our moods and energy levels. We also spent more time outside when the sun was shining and this made us all feel better.

Setting deadlines was also a winner. In the podcast I share an approach the youngest child took to a project he is working and what I did to keep me moving forward and accountable for a project I am working on.

Not working

The not working issue this week was a little different. It was more about how I was feeling with the kids starting to leave the house more and the reality that the school kids are going back to school soon and how this brings some sadness with it for me. I reflect on how I would feel differently if COVID-19 struck 10 years ago when we had 5 kids under 10!


Music was a wonderful resource for us this week. Music has the power to change the mood in the house and to be supportive and stimulating for the activities we do. Here are some of my favourites you can find on Spotify:

  • Music for concentration – with my workdays being more broken up and having shorter times when I can create content, I find having some cues to get me in the writing frame of mind really help. This playlist works so well. I put my headphones on and start this playlist and it’s like my brain knows it is time to start working!
  • Ludovico Einaudi – In a Time Lapse – I found this beautiful classical album via a teacher of our youngest child. She is an amazing teacher and would have this music playing in the morning as the children arrived and settled in for the day. I use this music to help me to think. I will put it on while I am cooking and in the shower etc, and it really helps my mind ponder on problems I am looking to solve whether they are for work or home.

Want to share something about your stay at home experience? I would love to hear from you! Email at let me know.

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