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Parenting in a pandemic—what home-schooling has taught me

I fell for the fantasy that, freed from our scurrying schedule, spare time would pool around us. It hasn't.

Illustration: Kate Hazell

The evening before my daughter’s nursery closed its doors until further notice, I stayed up late tossing so-called Stem toys into a virtual cart. I wasn’t alone: if stock levels on the John Lewis website were anything to go by, middle-class parents up and down the land had been busy doing in private what the Costco-stripping hoi polloi were decried for doing in public. It wasn’t just maths and science activities, either: one friend with a toddler was bulk-buying…

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