ZARA TINDALL and Mike’s eldest daughter Mia has gone back to school this week as primary schools reopen across England. This is one reason the doting mum will be pleased Mia is back in class.
Zara Tindall, 39, is the Queen’s eldest granddaughter and lives with her husband Mike and their two daughters – Mia, six, and Lena, two, in Gloucestershire. Former England rugby star Mike shared a joke tweet celebrating Mia’s return to school on Monday but there’s one key reason the doting parents may be happy their daughter is back in class.
Mike has given regular updates on social media throughout lockdown and opened up about the challenges of homeschooling in an interview with the Telegraph.
Zara is an Olympic equestrian and while her hopes of competing in the 2020 Tokyo Games were dashed after the event was postponed due to coronavirus, she still has her hands full looking after her horses.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Mike revealed how he often handled homeschooling Mia in the mornings so Zara could take care of the horses.
He said: “Zara still has hopes that the horses will get back, they still need training and working on, so I get to be a teacher in the mornings which is sometimes really nice, sometimes really frustrating.
Zara Tindall update: One reason mum will be glad to have daughter Mia back at school (Image: GETTY)
Zara Tindall update: Zara’s eldest daughter Mia went back to school on June 1 (Image: GETTY)
He added: “I don’t think any child is a great homeschooler because they definitely listen to other people better than they listen to their parents.
“[Mia] can be brilliant one minute and then something you’ve seen her do a thousand times she’ll just go ‘I don’t know how to do that’ and then you go ‘well I know you do’, and she’ll just say ‘no I don’t’ and then you get frustrated, and you’re trying not to get frustrated.”
While Zara and Mike still have two-year-old Lena and home with them full-time they may be glad to be relieved from the challenges of homeschooling which parents across Britain have struggled with in recent weeks.
Zara Tindall update: Zara is an Olympic equestrian and is dedicated to caring for her horses (Image: GETTY)
With Mia back at school, Zara will be able to focus on her horses without having to juggle them with homeschooling Mia and caring for toddler Lena at the same time.
On June 1, Mike shared a jokey tweet and GIF about dropping Mia back off at school.
The tweet read: “Me after school drop off this morning!” while the GIF was a clip from film Forrest Gump which shows Tom Hanks, who plays Forrest running away at speed.
While Zara and Mike may feel relieved to have the weight of homeschooling off their shoulders, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are continuing to teach their children at home for now.
Zara Tindall update: Dad Mike opened up about the ups and downs of homeschooling (Image: GETTY)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have also shared their homeschool struggles and admitted there have been “ups and downs.”
In a recent interview, Kate revealed how Prince George, six, had been coveting his little sister Princess Charlotte’s, five, school projects which seemed more fun than his.
During an interview on This Morning to launch the nationwide photography “Hold Still” photography project in May, Kate said: “I’m sure you’re experiencing the same yourselves and your families and things.
“We’re … homeschooling again. They’re unprecedented times really. But no we’re fine, thank you for asking”
Zara Tindall update: Mike shared a jokey tweet after dropping Mia at school on Monday (Image: Twitter)
She added: “George gets very upset because he just wants to do all of (his sister) Charlotte’s projects.
“Spider sandwiches are far cooler than literacy work.”
Kate and Prince William have been spending lockdown with their three children at their country home Anmer Hall.
Prince George and Charlotte are both pupils at Thomas’s Battersea in London where classes restarted for Charlotte’s year.
However, it is understood William and Kate don’t want to send Charlotte back to school until George can return too.
The Cambridge family will have to leave Norfolk and return to Kensington Palace when both George and Charlotte start back.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK