Monday 26 October, 2020

10 things Bajan parents are tired of hearing in COVID-19 quarantine

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Day 1,094 in quarantine and Barbadian parents are about to lose all good sense!

Although it has only been a month since the Barbados government has placed all persons on curfew, for those who are at home all day with kids, it feels like forever and a day. 

The directive from health officials to stay indoors has resulted in island-wide school closures and parents have been forced to work from home. 

Loop Lifestyle has compiled a list of questions and phrases we believe all parents are tiredddddd of hearing. 

1. “Mummy” or “Daddy”

How many times have your little ones bellowed Mummy or Daddy all through the house, backyard and front lawn?

2. “I hungry”

What is it about being at home that makes children want to "eat down" the entire house?

3. “I could get a snack?”

And from number #2 on this list, we have the most frequently asked question by children across the island during the COVID-19 quarantine. It’s a struggle on most days to get the kiddies to finish their food but when it comes to snacks, they can never get enough.

4. “I want Chefette/KFC.”

So do we children, so do we.

5. “ I could go by [insert name of friend] ?”

No you cannot go by your little friend and no they cannot come over here!

6.  Siblings arguing and bickering about everything!

If you have decided to lock yourself in the bedroom to get away from the constant arguing, we totally understand.

7. I bored!

Under normal circumstances, it is a struggle to keep children entertained for long periods of time. Now with COVID-19 pandemic, the children are restless, frustrated and they are not reluctant to let parents know this. 

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8. “But teacher don’t do it like that!”

For those who are attempting to homeschool their children, best of luck to you!

9. I could play games/ watch YouTube on your phone?

To which a parent should reply : “If I say yes, will you leave me alone?”

10. “I not ready to go in my bed yet.”

Bedtime has become a reprieve for parents at this time. But to actually get them into their beds at night has become an exhausting task.


Not to worry Mummies and Daddies, this too shall pass and sometime hopefully soon, the curfew restrictions will be lifted. Until then- hang in there! 

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