Day 4 of…what are we calling this?
The kids went to the park with a friend for several hours yesterday. It’s good that they’re getting outside. I was able to get some work done and they didn’t end up watching too much TV.
I didn’t start with Day 1, but here’s a quick rundown:
- Monday of March Break (Day 1): everyone in the house (basically me and the kids), are gearing up for working from home indefinitely (me), scheduled hockey and soccer games in the schoolyard for anyone who wants to join (the kids), planning and organizing educational activities to do with my kids and some of their friends over the next few weeks, also trading time with other parents so we can all get work done and our kids can all be engaged.
- Tuesday of March Break (Day 2): scheduled hockey and soccer games with the neighbourhood kids are canceled. Most of the neighbourhood kids are now staying inside or playing in their own backyards. But, with strict instructions to keep their hands off their faces and to wash their hands the minute they walk in the house, I’m still sending my kids out to the park with one friend each (minimizing contact with large groups is the objective, I guess). Also, I told their grandparents that helping me by taking the kids for a day is not an option right now because kids are vectors and my parents are in the high-risk group. As time passes, I may let up on that rule if my kids aren’t sick and I start to go crazy trying to keep them busy and get work done.
- Wednesday of March Break (Day 3): The kids were gone almost all day at a park with a friend and her dog. They both came home happy and smelling of fresh air. I haven’t left the house since Sunday. I’m starting to get depressed (made a plan to take a walk on Thursday and maybe go grocery shopping [I miss driving]).
And that’s where we are. I’ve spoken to some friends who are in the same boat. I keep seeing great ideas for keeping kids engaged during this time and I’ve created two folders, one digital and one physical, of things to do, but getting the kids to do anything other than just hang out at a park or watch TV is proving impossible. They’ve made their own lists of activities they can do instead of watching TV, but, like me, they are good at making plans and having intentions, but not good at following through. I’m starting to think that’s a hereditary thing. (Obviously it’s a modelling-the-right-behaviour thing, but that puts a lot of pressure on me.)
So, this is Day 4. The kids are still asleep and I’ve already done a bunch of work, and hey, I’m writing, so that’s always good. Maybe I’ll go for that walk when they wake up.
How are you doing?