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Gogglebox: 'My fear of failing my son' Isabelle Silbery opens up about her worries

Isabelle Silbery is just like every parent trying to get through this pandemic.

The mum-of-one is taking each step at a time as she tries to provide some sort of normality for her young son. 

And while she previously detailed her hardships of being separated from him during isolation lockdown, as her little boy stayed with his father, the single mum has now revealed she has a new set of worries. 

Posting on Instagram, the Goggleboxer has revealed her true, honest feelings - resonating with many families around the country as she spoke about the worries of home-schooling. 

"I was feeling so overwhelmed and anxious as school went back here this week, about what I realised was a fear of ‘failing my son’," she says.

"I had to refocus from how it will work logistically to what actually matters: teaching my boy how to thrive in a crisis and what resilience looks like."



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As the details of isolation restrictions are still uncertain, her raw and honest message has connected with many, who reassure her that she's not alone.

"I’m a teacher and we don’t expect you to be," one wrote. "Enjoy the time together and drink wine if needed!"

"These kids will survive this," another has said. "Everyone is in the same boat and I think they’ll be just fine with mum’s like you in their corner."

While Isabelle has been open about her struggles, the Goggleboxer has also shared the unexpected moment of happiness when she found love in Coronavirus.

The single mum was spending time with new man, Alex, when she found herself in immediate isolation restrictions.

"Alex and I realised we had two options," she says. "We could either pause things and take it online, or take a more MAFS approach, dive head-first and quarantine together!

"Things were slowly progressing, after having a traumatic break-up and nursing a broken heart, it felt good to start laughing again, and having fun," she adds.



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The unexpected love story has been a silver lining for Isabelle, who has also been left without the regular company of her grandmother and fellow Goggleboxer, Emmie.

Living in strict isolation with her daughter, Kerry, the 91-year-old spoke exclusively to LifeStyle about how she is coping. 

"I’m missing everyone," she explained. "I would usually see Isabelle every day and that’s been hard but we call each other a lot."

However, the great-grandmother puts it all in perspective when she revealed that actually, most of us are lucky.

"I’ve lived through the depression and the war, sitting on the couch watching TV endlessly is not a big deal," she says.

While it could be some time before our routines are back to normal, what we do know is that it's important to share and be together - as we will come out of this. 

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