Homeschooling

Alesha Dixon explains why homeschooling has been ‘more challenging’ during this latest lockdown

Written by Mamie M. Arndt

Alesha Dixon has candidly opened up on how she has found the latest lockdown and homeschooling her daughter Azura.

Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha, 42, has many incredible talents of her own from being an incredible mother to being a successful singer, rapper, dancer and TV star.

But, like many of us, Alesha has found the latest lockdown and having to homeschool her daughter Azura “challenging” and admitted that at times it can feel like “chaos”.

Alesha, who recently made a sweet tribute to her husband on his birthday, has seven year old Azura and one year old Anaya with husband Azuka Ononye.

Alesha has candidly explained why she's found homeschooling in the latest lockdown "more challenging"
Alesha has candidly explained why she’s found homeschooling in the latest lockdown “more challenging”

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The TV star has exclusively opened up to OK! online as part of her latest role as an ambassador for the Sky Ocean Rescue and WWF Ocean Hero Campaign. Alesha revealed on how she’s finding parenting in the latest lockdown.

When asked how she’s finding homeschooling at the moment she confessed: “It has its challenges,” as she giggled. “I laugh because there’s certain times in the day where my partner and I look at each other with that frazzled look and it’s like: ‘Is it bed time yet?!’”

Alesha then explained: “But, I think we try our best because we are naturally quite positive people. We try and keep it fun for Azura, we don’t get too heavy with her – we keep it lighthearted and we’re very encouraging.

“It’s a bit like in the first lockdown; the first week was a bit bumpy and then you get into a rhythm and everyone knows what their role is, what they’re doing and I feel like we’ve found that flow now. It’s still chaos because, before Anaya couldn’t walk and now Anaya’s running around so, yeah, a little bit more challenging with her this time around. So we’re delegating.”

Alesha Dixon shares her daughters Azura and Anaya with husband Azuka
Alesha Dixon shares her daughters Azura and Anaya with husband Azuka

BGT star Alesha explained how she and her husband sometimes feel "frazzled" with their new routine
BGT star Alesha explained how she and her husband sometimes feel “frazzled” with their new routine

The mum of two, who stunned fans with her incredible natural curls recently, continued: “We’ve both got our individual things we get on with in the house and we’re getting there. For me, one thing I always want the kids to know is it’s OK to have a bad day. It’s actually OK if you’ve got the grumps, you don’t feel like doing it. Brush it off, it will pass, you won’t feel like that tomorrow.”

Alesha also explained to OK! online how her and her hubby’s priority is to ensure their children are happy and give their daughters more allowances during these uncertain times.

She said: “We always, always try and keep Azura happy and if she’s having a bit of a wobble we just let her have that wobble because they’re kids but they still have bad days, too.

“And they’re still adjusting to this new normal and it’s all a bit weird for them. So we just make sure that every day we do something fun, every day she has a little treat.

Mum Alesha Dixon said you have to "go with the flow"
Mum Alesha Dixon said you have to “go with the flow”

“You know, let her do things that she might not be able to do if she was going to school every day – normally she would get the iPad on the weekend or whatever, at the moment it’s like, ‘you know, she can have it a bit more in the week’ something to make her a bit happy, take her mind off of what’s going on, we just let her get on with it. Flexible parenting,” she said while laughing.

“In life, don’t fight it, just go with the flow. If you go with the flow the road can be a bit bumpy but you get there in the end!”

Alesha also explained why her latest role as an ambassador for the Sky Ocean Rescue and WWF Ocean Hero Campaign was important to her.

Alesha is an ambassador for the Sky Ocean Rescue and WWF Ocean Hero Campaign
Alesha is an ambassador for the Sky Ocean Rescue and WWF Ocean Hero Campaign

“It’s a brilliant way to call on the British public to become Ocean Heroes,” she said.

Alesha added: “At the end of the day one thing we’ve all learnt over the last year is that health is wealth, we’re all connected, we’re all going through the same thing… Nature, climate, wellbeing is all connected.

“And, as much as it’s difficult to look at things sometimes, it’s difficult to face the ugly truth of things I think it’s literally the only way that we can make a difference and we can make a change.”

Alesha Dixon is an ambassador for the Sky Ocean Rescue and WWF Ocean Hero Campaign. To find out more about the Ocean Hero campaign and how you can become an #OceanHero visit https://www.wwf.org.uk/ocean-heroes.

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Mamie M. Arndt