Fathers play such an important role. In this challenging season, daddies find themselves in the unconventional situation of having to juggle multiple roles of being a husband, father and employer or boss all in the same time and space. While this allows for more opportunities for family connectedness, it presents its share of frustration as well.

Now that you are home all the time, the boundaries of work, family and home get blurred. Your children want you to play with them. Your work demands your attention. Your spouse hopes you can help out with housework.

You are feeling stretched and wish that you have a man cave to retreat into for a while.

Dads at home, we hear you.

Starting tomorrow, three homeschool dads will share their stories with you. We hope that these will encourage and support you as you balance work and family at home.

Opinion: WFH From A Homeschooling Perspective

by Dawn Fung

Background : I gave ST journalist Amelia Teng my opinion of WFH and juggling homeschooling, although my WFH is mainly caregiving and community building. (See The Social Factor and Preschool Market for homeschooling parents who run businesses.) My thoughts turned into an article.

23 April 2020. 

It is week 3 of the CB. By the time the extension ends on Jun 1, we will have experienced 8 weeks of CB with more stringent measures. What is more painful to me is that we are clearly in DORSCON red, in a lockdown, but the government refuses to say it as it is. By this time, your newbie investor and ah beng already understand what is happening. I don’t know who the language policy is targeting to reduce panic. Maybe there really is a group of people who go nuts once they hear ‘DORSCON red’ and ‘lockdown’ even though it is a global (not special to one country) measure. Maybe it is to keep a cleaner media archive when we look back later on, to show we were sensible.

MOE has pushed the June holidays forwards from May 5. Schools will resume on Jun 2. In what form will school look like – whether HBL, hybrid or as normal – is unclear. There are two more weeks until HBL ceases and parents take over their children’s activities completely. This is nothing new. The holidays have always been about parents planning or signing up programmes for their children. But the CB has thrown us completely off track, even homeschooling parents.

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