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A Place In The Sun presenter Laura Hamilton in U-turn with children in lockdown ‘Hard’

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A Place In The Sun presenter Laura Hamilton, 38, has been holed up at home during the third nationwide lockdown with her husband Alex Goward and the couple’s two children; Rocco, seven, and Thalia, five. The property expert has since addressed the homeschooling challenges she has faced.

The small-screen star explained that she will be forced to make a U-turn with her children once the lockdown officially ends.

It comes as many Britons have been faced with providing laptops and other electronic items for their children to use, while the schools have been shut due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Laura admitted before the global crisis, the family had firm house rules in place for the children to abide by when it comes to screentime.

The Channel 4 presenter now fears it will be difficult to get her children to turn off their electronic devices once the lockdown ends.

Laura said: “My two are trying to do some virtual lessons which are fantastic.

“Even that comes with its own problems because I’ve got my laptop, my husband’s got his laptop but we both need our laptops to work as well, so the kids use their iPads.

“But what about the people that don’t have any technology at home?”

She continued: “I know there are loads of parents that struggle.

“I’m quite funny about allowing Rocco and Thalia to actually use laptops and iPads.

“We had a pretty strict rule where we only let them watch [their devices] when they are on a plane travelling.”

She added: “I’ve always said, ‘I don’t want them getting into games consoles’. I don’t want that.

“We’ve tried to limit their usage and now I feel like we’re going completely against all of that.

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“We’re like, ‘Here you go now. You’ve got to do your schoolwork now. Sit on your iPad all day.'”

The property expert explained it will be a challenge to get her children to forego their electronic devices when they head back to school.

Laura remarked: “It’s actually going to be really hard coming out of this, because as parents we’re going to have to say, ‘You can’t go on your iPad anymore.'”

Meanwhile, the Channel 4 presenter opened up about her devastation after spending the festive season away from her parents.

It comes after the property expert previously opened up about the loss of her grandad, who sadly died while she was away with her husband and children in August.

Laura said: “It was quiet. Not much mess anywhere but was as good as anyone else’s really.

“I was sad not getting to see my parents because I haven’t spent Christmas with them in about 10 years.

“It was the first year we were going to do it and unfortunately we couldn’t.”

She added: “They were gutted and I was gutted.”

A Place In The Sun airs weekdays on Channel 4 at 3pm.

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