Well, here we are. In the thick of it. Week one of no school and social distancing down as we prepare to embark on week 1 of “Shelter in Place”. We thought it might be a fun idea to share some of the things we’ve been doing to keep busy and some of the silver linings that have come out of this week.
Let’s face it, when I first heard the schools were closing for at least 6 weeks, I had a moment of panic. “What am I going to do with these kids for SIX WEEKS?” It may be safe to assume some of you had the same thought process. Denial, panic, anger, depression and acceptance…we’ll call these “The 5 Stages of Social Distancing.” Luckily, I feel as if I arrived at the acceptance stage rather quickly, and since then it’s been pretty smooth sailing.
Back to Basics
We’ve been getting outside (thank you sunny weather) and taking walks, riding bikes, and eating lunches and snacks in our front yard. We took a walk on a path we’ve never gone on that is literally only 1/4 a mile down the road from our house. We threw rocks discovered bridges, and watched a backhoe and dump truck move some dirt around. One of the highlights of our outside time was teaching the boys how to play hopscotch. It gave me so much joy to watch them do something I loved as a kid!
There has also been a lot of discovering and growth (for everyone) on this journey. Mason has finally learned to tie his shoes, and rather quickly which makes me think I put it off too long because I thought he couldn’t do it. He also is an expert egg cracker! Another thing my control freak self wouldn’t allow him to do because #shells. I’m learning more patience and that it’s ok to let others do things sometimes. It doesn’t have to be “my way or the highway” (unless I’ve told you to get your shoes on and there isn’t compliance…then it’s most definitely the highway!)
If you haven’t discovered “Just Dance” videos on YouTube, I highly suggest it! PE time has been transformed and watching your kids follow along to the moves is entertainment for everyone. Our oldest has tried the actual game once, but ended up so frustrated because it gives you a star rating (video games can be so judgey). Most of the ones uploaded to YouTube are 5-star ratings, so not only do you get a good workout, but also a confidence booster!
No matter what stage of social distancing you’re in, don’t forget that you’re not alone. We’re all in this together and doing the best we can with what we’ve got! – Casey