My children are no longer children really – they are 19 and 21. This is the first time in a very long time that all of us have been together in the house for more than a few days. We had a family meeting the other night to talk about how we were going to get along and not annoy one another! One of the things we decided was that we needed to give each other space occasionally, so whereas in Normal Life I might ask them to be sociable in the evening, we agreed that if they wanted to go off and FaceTime their friends or watch their own choice of TV in their rooms, that’s OK.

However, we also all thought it would be nice to have some planned family time where we come together to do something fun. There was a lot of enthusiasm for a movie night with popcorn. Luckily we have some microwave popcorn in the cupboard. You might have this, or you might be able to get hold of some popping corn the next time someone does the shopping. If you can’t find either then ask what you are allowed to cook with or make snacks with – be creative! Maybe you could go for a complete picnic as in the suggestions below:

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Make the room comfy – make a den, or even put up a tent if you are allowed! Get beanbags and sofa cushions and rearrange the room to make it cosy for everyone. Then grab your snacks and settle down to a film that all the family will enjoy. Here’s hoping we can all agree on what we want to watch now…


Nature Month-by-Month – a children’s almanac by Anna Wilson, illustrated by Elly Jahnz is published by Nosy Crow and The National Trust and is available to order online.

Your independent bookshop can take orders over the phone and post books out to you, too. Give them a call!