ep 64 this family life flexibility, friends and foes

this family life episode 64: flexibility, friends and foes

ep 64 this family life flexibility, friends and foes

Welcome to the seventh 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:


I have big project deadlines looming over the next month and much of the work requires significant concentration from me. It is hard to keep your train of thought and articulate your ideas when you are being interrupted every 5 minutes. After feeling pretty frustrated with this on Thursday I decided to be more flexible about when and how I worked which involved:

  • different days and hours
  • being laser-focused in what I work on when and I share the simple paper-based tool I help me to do this – my to do list process! You can read about it here.

Also on the working front this week was:

  • Seeing family! We had the in-laws over for dinner and our traditional after-dinner COVID-19 card games session.
  • The kids getting to see some friends in real life.
  • Running with my pack! I love my running group and in particular the amazing crew of people who I run with regularly in the workouts. It has been great to be running together again.

Not working

We have two kids that are really not enjoying each other’s company at the moment. There is a lack of patience on the part of one and an unstoppable desire to wind the other up from the second party. I know this will pass, but I have to remember to not be too quick to jump in and be a referee – I can never win in that roll.


The amazing meditation app Insight timer. I have used this app for many years now and I love it. Here are some guided meditations I have found useful at this time:

  • Annoying person meditation – I love my family dearly, but this does not mean they do not annoy me at times and I know I annoy them too. This meditation reminds me that we are all on different paths with different struggles and it has a super calming affect on me.
  • Sleep meditation: Awaken to a clean slate – this is by Bethany Auriel-Hagan and she is one of my favourite teachers on the app. I love all her meditations but find this is a perfect one to do at the end of a day that hasn’t gone the way you planned.
  • Heart Opening Frequency – this is actually just music and I do my own meditation to it. It is soothing and allows me to keep my thoughts away!

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

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