Ok, friend - if you have kiddos at home like me, we have a long few weeks ahead of us.
That's actual footage of all of us trying to not lose our minds right now. But, we'll survive this!
Here's what I know for sure: children thrive on structure. And so do most adults. I'm sharing my lockdown schedule and best tips below for how to navigate the next several weeks at home. These steps are totally doable for everyone and will go a long way to help us all feel sane amidst the chaos.
But first, can I let you in on a little secret? I work so much that I'm actually excited to have this forced time with my family. And I also LOVE to stay in sweats all day, so I'm not sad about not having to put on actual clothes.
Ready? Let's go!
Whenever I am faced with a new situation, I always start with the end goal in mind.
At the end of the next few weeks I want to have: exercised and stayed healthy, spent quality time with my kids and husband, made progress on my work, kept my home organized, and helped my kids thrive (in no particular order).
Spend some time jotting down your thoughts on how you want the next few weeks to look and feel. And then, try out my ...
Most of us are in uncharted territory here (not you, homeschooling moms. You are our heroes right now). We are not all of a sudden going to become home schooling masters. But we can try our very best. Go easy on yourself. Have realistic expectations. And remember ... most of our kids will remember this strange time when they're older. Let's try to make a couple good memories out of it.
I created the spreadsheets below for each of my children and I've left it editable for you so you can make any changes you want. My husband and I will still plan to be up around 6am and get in our workouts before the day starts (this is sleeping in for us, as we typically have to get up at 5:30 to make it work).
The schedule below's based on the virtual learning that my kids'll be doing with their school and the structure we layered on top. My kids enjoy more academic-oriented activities than creative ones even in their free time, so this'll work for them. If yours are more creative, factor that into your free time blocks. Note that if it were up to me, I'd move lunch later so that we could all eat together. (11:30 is too early for my husband and I to eat lunch, but this is what their school schedule dictates.)
Also note that I have built-in TV and device time. The reality is my kids will do both daily. This schedule allows us to limit it to what I feel is a reasonable amount, and also mitigates fights since they can see exactly where and when it's allowed. I laminated these and taped them up in each of our workspaces.
My 6-year-old loves using Boom Cards for math and she can do it totally independently.
Here are a few sites that were recommended to me, but that I have not personally used:
I'm not big on flooding your inboxes, but if I come across other great resources I'll share them here. For example, I came across this article about coronavirus anxiety tips and how home organizing can help. Essentially, she uses organizing to help bring control and order into this otherwise chaotic time in our lives (something I can certainly relate to!)
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