IN her weekly column, the mum of four discusses the ups and downs of family life. Today Peta, who is married to cycling ace Mark Cavendish, talks about the family’s latest lockdown habit.
WE are living in a strange new world where the only day of the week with any real significance is Bin Day. Thank the lord for Bin Day, eh?
Our days, which used to be filled by school drop offs and work, now consist of listening to Delilah, my eight-year-old, talk on FaceTime or Zoom with her friends from school about making pretend slime.
That is punctuated with the odd moment where I catch my youngest, Casper, attacking older brother Frey from behind with a Power Ranger sword.
And, of course, my new found love for the ultimate lockdown pastime – video sharing network TikTok.
You only have to open any form of social media to see these catchy dances, impressions and challenges filling your screen.
It used to be only the young-uns getting involved and us parents steered clear, but all this enforced family time and shared space has made it quite the family activity.
In our house it started off as a gentle kind of torture as Delilah played the same clip on a loop while she attempted to perfect a dance or lip sync. It then progressed to her wanting us to film it for her and finally to cameo in her movies.
Having never been one to be “an extra” I was surprised when Mark soon wanted in. His participation had me laughing until my tummy hurt, and the perfectionist in him meant he was doing take after take.
Delilah couldn’t believe her luck that she had a willing cast member and very quickly the chime of “one more time” was like white noise as she bossed the whole household around.
We need to up our game before these clips are ready for public viewing as the standards are so high.
Frankie and Wayne Bridge are one of the couples making TikTok-ing look seriously professional. But
I have seen so many great dances with the whole family involved, making happy memories in what can otherwise be an uncertain and worrying time.
It is charades for 2020?
I know there has been controversy surrounding TikTok and its suitability for youngsters, but I believe – like anything else online – it has to be monitored carefully and, as a parent you should ensure you put the appropriate settings in place. It is my mum job to keep a beady eye on it.
During these times, we need all the light relief we can get.
You have to navigate your way through a fair few attention-seeking, sad-song videos or pretend skits of someone asking out their “crush” but then you find a wealth of nonsense to make you laugh out loud.
So if it means I have to pretend to be a horse’s backside while Delilah rides on my back, or Mark has to pull out his best dance moves, so be it.
Oh and for every single TikTok about Carole Baskin (from Tiger King on Netflix), I am here for that.
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