I am coming to the end of week 4 in quarantine with the boys. While I checked in on all the adults in my last post, it dawned on me that I didn’t ask how the kids are doing. Forgive me.
PA just officially announced that school will be closed for the rest of this academic school year. That means like many of you around the country, they will be learning remotely. Resources like Google classroom, Zoom, and Edgenuity to name a few have been put in place during this time. Let me be the first to say, NOTHING beats the real school experience. My kids thrive on a schedule, we made sure to get them on one as far back as I can remember. With the days seeming to flow into one another, I’m like what schedule?
We try to have an open and honest relationship with the boys. They know all about the coronavirus, its impacts on our community, on our jobs, family & friends, etc. So they understand why school and work are closed, do they like it? One is happy to be home all day, one misses the normalcy a school day brought to his life. And after doing the remote learning heavily for the past few weeks, I can appreciate teachers so much more.
Our kids are literally living through a pandemic that will be in books later on for thousands to read. To document this time in their lives, I ask the boys to journal every night before going to bed. Just a few sentences on how they are feeling and what this isolation has them thinking, so they can look back on this period in their lives.
I am lifting you all up in prayer. I know this period is stressful for us all. Many of us do not have the patience to be the teacher on top of being the MOM. Now more than ever, self-care is important, especially for the kids. I try to let them have as much fun as possible, so they are not bombarded with just the school-work. Let’s cherish this time we have together as a family. A slow and steady pace from the usual hustle and bustle.
I pray daily for the families who are in quarantine with abusers. For kids who have to go for free meal pick-ups during this time. For families who do not have a computer and internet access at home for remote learning. For anyone who has lost someone to COVID-19, my condolences to your family. I am thinking of my 3TheChicWay community daily! Please stay home, and be safe! Be sure to share any tips you may have on how you are handling the quarantine life at home with the little ones.