Mike Tindall jokes he ‘sprinted away like Forrest Gump’ at the school gates

Mike Tindall joked he ‘sprinted away like Forrest Gump’ at the school gates when dropping off daughter Mia, 6, for her first day back.

The former rugby player, 41, who also shares Lena, almost two, with Zara Tindall, 39, previously admitted that homeschooling was ‘nice but frustrating’ and said he felt children were less likely to ‘listen to their parents than others’. 

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, the former England rugby player captured the emotions of many parents seemingly relieved to see their children return to school following the lockdown.

‘Me after school drop off this morning!’ he posted, alongside a GIF of Forrest Gump sprinting out of the gates of his home. 

Mike Tindall joked he 'sprinted away like Forrest Gump' at the school gates when dropping off daughter Mia (pictured together in July 2019), 6, for her first day back

Mike Tindall joked he 'sprinted away like Forrest Gump' at the school gates when dropping off daughter Mia (pictured together in July 2019), 6, for her first day back

Mike Tindall joked he ‘sprinted away like Forrest Gump’ at the school gates when dropping off daughter Mia (pictured together in July 2019), 6, for her first day back

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Mike captured the emotions of many parents relieved to see their children return to school following the lockdown. 'Me after school drop off this morning!' he posted alongside a GIF of Forrest Gump sprinting out of the gates of his home (above)

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Mike captured the emotions of many parents relieved to see their children return to school following the lockdown. 'Me after school drop off this morning!' he posted alongside a GIF of Forrest Gump sprinting out of the gates of his home (above)

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Mike captured the emotions of many parents relieved to see their children return to school following the lockdown. ‘Me after school drop off this morning!’ he posted alongside a GIF of Forrest Gump sprinting out of the gates of his home (above)

Mia returned to school on 1st June in line with government guidelines which opened the doors to reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils in England after 10 weeks of being taught at home.

Mike recently revealed how he has a ‘whole new respect for teachers’ while homeschooling his daughter, admitting they had ‘days where it feels harder’.

Last month, he told Hello! about his family’s homeschooling schedule with afternoons dedicated to ‘playtime, sports and being outside’. 

The father-of-two said they focused on core subjects such as maths, English, reading and writing in the morning, with Mia following in her mother’s equestrian footsteps by riding in the afternoon. 

The Queen's grandson-in-law (pictured with his family), 41, who also shares Lena, 1, with Zara Tindall, 39, previously admitted that homeschooling was 'nice but frustrating' and said he felt children were less likely to 'listen to their parents than others'

The Queen's grandson-in-law (pictured with his family), 41, who also shares Lena, 1, with Zara Tindall, 39, previously admitted that homeschooling was 'nice but frustrating' and said he felt children were less likely to 'listen to their parents than others'

 The Queen’s grandson-in-law (pictured with his family), 41, who also shares Lena, 1, with Zara Tindall, 39, previously admitted that homeschooling was ‘nice but frustrating’ and said he felt children were less likely to ‘listen to their parents than others’

But despite living on the same Gatcombe estate in Gloucestershire as Princess Anne, 69, they have not seen Zara’s mother since the lockdown, as she’s been busy with charity work.  

Mike said his ‘overriding take-away’ from homeschooling is a ‘whole new respect for teacher as he revealed: ‘I always knew they did a great job but this just brings it into sharp focus.’

Speaking to the Telegraph, Mike 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.

He added: ‘I don’t think any child is a great home schooler because they definitely listen to other people better than they listen to their parents.’ 

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