I don’t know about you but I am over this quarantine/social distancing. As a nurse, I am still working, however the toll that this pandemic is taking on my life, my children’s lives and our economy is sometimes almost too much to understand. My son wonders why he can’t play with his friends, go to school or have sleepovers. He’s bored, sad and has more questions then I know how to answer.
Social distancing guidelines have shut down schools, mandated how many people can be in a store at one time, and led to the guidelines of people staying home. It’s almost too much for adults to handle, let alone children who are wondering why things have suddenly changed. It’s been multiple weeks that social distancing has been ongoing and my little family is learning how to cope with these new social distancing guidelines.
Coping with Social Distancing Guidelines
So, how are we coping?
We have settled into somewhat of a routine that is in no way orderly. When I am not working we pretty much stick to a schedule of attempting to do the bare minimum of school work for the 8 year old and revolving snack times. Hayden has 2 meetings a week with his class on zoom.
We are pretty much all striving for some form of social interaction with others not in our immediate family and those we interact with at work. We call, have zoom calls with friends and anytime we see someone we know in public we converse. While out for a walk the other day, we ran into some friends we know from school. Hayden and their son started talking about anything and everything. It was a challenge to pull them away when it was time to keep moving.
Anytime some form of social interaction arises we latch onto it and take advantage of it. And yes, we have also seen some friends and family during this time and I only share this with you because if you have as well there is no judgement here. We are humans and in my opinion keeping our children isolated for months at a time is just cruel.
We are busy getting outside and walking as well as hiking and exploring new trails in our community. It helps to have some form of physical activity each day and I have been using these opportunities to teach Hayden about the environment and wilderness around us.
Disney + is the new Nanny
We have been watching more Frozen and Frozen II then I care to admit. When the kids get stir crazy and this mama needs a break, Disney + goes on.
Just because we can’t travel now, doesn’t mean that we can’t plan ahead. We have been planning and thinking about where we are going to go to next. Right now is the time to book plane tickets for next year. Ticket prices are super cheap and I have to believe that things will settle down in the future and that life will eventually return to some level of normal.
Give yourself a break
Overwhelmed with homeschooling? Kid’s driving you absolutely crazy? Don’t feel like suzy freaking homemaker and not baking or cleaning obsessively? Give yourself a break. Times are hard and it’s alright if all you’re doing to get through the day is eating snacks, drinking coffee or wine and waiting for bedtime to come around.