Dana Stockman (38) lives in Rasharkin in Co Antrim with her husband Darren (38), a butcher, and their 10 children - Joshua (16), Elena (13), Kyra (12), Darren (10), Kayla (9), PJ (7), Kacey (5), Fionn (3), Kayden (2) and Daithi who is three months.
Lockdown is going fine," says Dana. "Our oldest boy is 16-years-old and was at the tech, but he's in working with his daddy at the butcher's shop. The other nine children are getting on well at home.
"On a typical day during lockdown, I would get up at around 7.30am with the baby. I get him fed and changed and then get the other two smaller children up. The primary school children get up around 9am, get their breakfast and then start their schoolwork. The secondary school children come down at around 10am and it's the same thing.
"By the time they finish all their schoolwork, we either do PE - sometimes inside or out at the front of the house, depending on the weather - or we do home economics or art.
"We paint and make homemade playdough.
"I'm doing the homeschooling and while the teachers are very good, there is some stuff I don't really understand. The primary seven teacher is great and does Zoom classes with the children to explain things to them. There is a lot of material that comes through from the school, and sometimes I also go online and print out maths and English sheets for them to work on, too.
"My older girls are starting to forget what day it is. On Saturday past, they got up at 11am, came down and said thank you for allowing us to lie in for a while and then started on their schoolwork. I told the other kids not to say anything and they worked away for around an hour before I told them it was Saturday. They weren't pleased."
Dana says the family have been adjusting reasonably well to life in lockdown - although there have been challenges, too.
"We have been in a good routine with school and we have been doing TikTok videos and putting them online, which has been fun," she says.
"There is plenty of boredom and plenty of fighting amongst them. It's a very busy house. Our little two-year-old loves to go around the house and just create mess wherever he can. You need to have eyes on the back of your head with 10 children around. There are plenty of mishaps. There are drawings on the walls that were never there before and there is playdough that's been trampled into the carpets.
"The kids are adjusting to the lockdown, but I am finding it harder to feed them all. They are hungry all the time.
"It's like feeding an army every single day."
The Co Antrim woman says that shopping for such a large family can draw curious looks from others at the supermarket.
"I go shopping without the kids when my husband comes home," she explains.
"People do give me funny looks when I am packing up the trolley, especially when I am buying things like cereal and nappies.
"I remember being in the shop one day and the girl told me I could only buy two boxes of cereal and I tried to explain that I had 10 children at home and two boxes wouldn't last too long.
"And she said that I was still only allowed just two, and it was the same with the nappies.
"Queuing up outside for ages and only being allowed to take two packets of nappies is no good to me.
"You do find people giving you dirty looks in the supermarket - but I'm not stockpiling, I'm just doing my normal weekly shopping."
However, Dana says that despite the busy, noisy house, she is actually enjoying lockdown.
"I am really enjoying having them all at home," she says.
"I'm learning more from them and learning what they are able to do and what they are not able to do.
"Before I was just working with their homework, but now I'm able to see what they are struggling with and what they are capable of.
"I do like homeschooling and while this virus is still around, I'm not sending them back to school. I wouldn't want to risk it. So who knows what I will do in the future."
Dana says she keeps stress to a minimum by exercising and knitting some very special bears for NHS workers.
"It is a very busy house, but I keep myself calm by doing online exercise classes and I run also," she says.
"Getting out for half an hour on a run is a great stress reliever. I also do a lot of knitting and have been knitting the NHS teddies at night-time when the children are in bed. I have been knitting Key Workers teddies - little bears with the scrubs on them for the NHS workers - so that also keeps me busy."
Tracie Cupples lives in Whitehead, Co Antrim, with her GP husband, Andrew and their five kids - Adam (10), Lydia (7), Isaac (2) and twins Iris and James, who are eight months old.
She says that lockdown has been a balancing act.
"I have two kids who are school age and I'm trying to oversee their work," she says. "The 10-year-old is doing his AQE preparation work. The school is very good at sending work home. They use the Seesaw app - they put the work up there and parents go on and get the kids to do the activities.
"The headmaster sends out weekly updates, which is great. And sometimes I come up with things that I think would be good for the kids, too.
"But it's a balancing act of who needs me at what time and getting the house organised on top of everything else.
"In a typical day, my husband would get up earlier than me, because he is going out to work," she says.
"Whatever twin is up earlier, he takes that twin downstairs for breakfast. I get up, get everyone washed and dressed. Everyone has to get dressed, that is one of my rules before any schooling can start. I try to get the older two started into their work by about 10am. We work until lunch on their schoolwork and then take a big, long break in the garden, or on their computers or whatever they want to do for that hour. And then I try to get them to do one more thing after lunch before we call it a day.
"For the rest of the day, we have just free time. They read their books, colour in, play about, whatever they like. Bedtime is staggered. For the twins, there is no bedtime because they never go to sleep, but generally I try to get the older three into bed for around 8pm. And the rest of the evening is kind of my own.
"But I'm still breastfeeding the twins, so every night is different. They kind of dictate the schedule. I might want to go to bed, but I might not get to."
Tracie says every day is different in her house - and there's never a dull moment.
"The twins have started to crawl, so that is fun," she says. "They are crawling off in two different directions and getting tangled up in one another. I have a two-year-old and he does what two-year-olds do, wanting to paint outside. The kids are coping with lockdown. My seven-year-old is very sociable, so she misses her friends.
"One of the other mums has set up a Zoom meeting. It runs every day at a certain time and whoever wants to go on it can.
"The children sit around and talk about cats and Pokemon and whatever seven-year-olds talk about. I don't let Lydia do it every day because I think it might make her miss her friends too much. So she does that twice a week.
"That's her time and she can take the laptop to another room where I can hear her, but none of the kids are distracting her.
"My 10-year-old is just happy to be at home, reading and pottering about. He doesn't miss anything. He does miss his teacher, because she's lovely."
Tracie says that she has been really embracing homeschooling, and would think of doing it long-term.
"This lockdown has opened my eyes a little bit about homeschooling," she says. "I actually like it. I like being around the kids. I like watching how they learn. I might be thinking of homeschooling them regardless of whether the schools go back. It is a possibility. I'm not saying yes, and every day I change my mind. But it is something I would look into more now. Prior to this, I would have never even considered it as an option.
"I don't think Northern Ireland really has a homeschooling scene, not like the likes of America, where there would be a thriving scene. It's just really thinking about if I would be able to homeschool a secondary school age child and what resources I would need."
The restrictions placed on buying certain quantities of items has been a challenge, she reveals.
"Because I have three children still in nappies - the twins and the two-year-old - I do need to buy a lot of nappies," she says. "And in some shops, there have been restrictions where you can only buy a certain amount. And also formula, some shops have a two-pack of formula per trip and that wouldn't even last me a week. So it means I have to go to the shop more often."
Ryan Tracey (38) lives in Beragh, outside Omagh, with his wife, Catherine, and their seven children, Aoife (18), Rebecca (13), Aimee (11), Mathew (7), Jessica (5), Brandon (18 months) and Zach, who is four months old.
The Fermanagh and Omagh District Council employee says lockdown has had its ups and downs. "Normally I am very busy with my day job and I'm also away some nights and weekends with my business as I'm also a children's entertainer," he says. "I wouldn't be at home a lot, and now that I am around the house, it feels very cohesive for us as a family unit. We live in the countryside and have a lot of ground around the house and plenty of things for the kids to do.
"The homeschooling has been very difficult and challenging. Once upon a time, I trained to be a teacher and I have loads of academia behind me and the kids are very academic, but at the same time, our approach is a semi-laissez-faire one to their homeschooling. We don't want to put them off it.
"We have to understand that the situation is temporary and there will be a bounce-back period. We already knew the worth of teachers and school. We can't be expected to do the same job as teachers do. And you could definitely beat yourself up about not doing a good enough job. The schools have been very supportive in all this."
A typical day in the Tracey family home has parents working, homeschooling and keeping the seven kids active all day.
"Because we have a large family, we have varying needs and routines," he says. "Generally, Catherine would get up first and get the two youngest children their breakfast. And then the rest of the children get up and, between 9am and 10am, the homeschooling starts. By that stage, I have already taken myself out of the house to a shed I use to work from home. From around 10am, Catherine does some homeschooling with them. She would give them worksheets and they would do some work online. At lunchtime, I would come over and do a workout with them, using an app maybe. Other days, we might do a little bit of yoga or we'd go outside and play for a while. I always try to come over and engage with them for a while. Catherine then does a little bit of homeschooling again in the afternoon.
"From around 3pm, they can do their own thing. They can go to their rooms or go outside and play. Catherine and I, like most families, have been spending time finding different things for them to do. We're very open to projects. We have bought loads of things online that they can engage with to keep their creative minds active."
Ryan says that, with nine people in the house, things can get very lively. "It becomes a bit of a mad house at times," he acknowledges. "Bedtimes are not normal. I'm a stickler for routine, manners and discipline, but I like fun, too. But we've had to be very relaxed about it all. We would have very set times around bed and things, but that has rolled on a little now. They know they are not getting up in the morning to go to school.
"We've just had our house recently done up and we've had little people drawing on the walls. They are bringing their scooters inside and have decided our hallway is a race course. They build huts in every corner and in every room. They are using their imagination, but normality is out the window for us.
"There have been times we've felt a little cabin fever, but with having a big house and a lot of people in it, the day goes in in a heartbeat."