(concept from OMDG, but with a more personal angle. It’s like I’m being interviewed but — don’t tell anyone — I’m writing the questions.)
1- So this is real, huh? Somehow this is what all of my neighbors ask me. Yes, it’s real. We are seeing local cases. The number are rising. Some people need a lot of care. It’s real.
2- So what do we do? Everyone is different. My personal take on social distancing is to just not do anything unnecessary that would lead to interaction with people or surfaces.
NECESSARY – for right now, going to work falls under that category, so our nanny will still come. I will not be able to do my job even remotely without some kind of childcare. So for now, I considering her (and her husband) to be the 6 + 7th member of our family unit, just housed in another place. They are practicing social distancing too. Josh and I are both off next week but I am contemplating changing that to spread out our time at home.
If we get to the point where I can mostly ramp down my work (when not needed in the hospital), then I will have her stay home. But right now I need to be available for my residents as we try to make new policies and navigate this, and our outpatient spaces are still open (and there are still patients on my schedule). Subject to change, though.
UNNECESSARY – pretty much everything else. (Walking around the neighborhood (or biking or scootering) still okay as long as we don’t get close to others. And I thought “hey, we could go take a walk on the beach!” but they’ve actually closed the beaches to discourage people from continuing to congregate. Oh well. Understandable.
3- So what will the kids do all day? Well, no doubt that if you have kids you’ve seen many examples of schedules & structure to help us navigate this new (temporary) normal!
Here is mine:
Yes, there’s a pretty sizable screen time block from 1 – 3:30 (it looks like 3:38 but I meant 3:30!) AND we’re allowing a movie at night. I’m comfortable with that.
We started yesterday and it went well. If they are not behaving, I issue a warning that a continued infraction will result in a 30 minute screen time deduction. So far, it has been effective.
I know we have a loooooong way to go though! I also like this version, shared by one of my neighbors:
4- So your schools are closed? Yes, we’re in Broward County, the FL coronavirus capital (said proudly?). Closed at least next 2 weeks (and I presume probably longer). The week after this one was supposed to be spring break anyway, so that worked out well.
Our kids do a lot of homework on screens already (iReady, Reflex Math, Newsela, etc for those with similar!) and we have been told there will be assignments up starting today. I anticipate that 10-12 should be enough time for them to finish (and then read, color, etc). Yep, our kindergarteners use these things too. Benefits to digital learning!
I haven’t heard about any plans for any ‘zoom live’ teaching types of things. Florida has a “virtual school” curriculum — some of my really sick patients have used it. So I wouldn’t be surprised if they deploy some of that. We will see!
5- Any plans to do a BOBW episode? Yes! Laura and I just have to make sure we have childcare to record (or I have to record at night, which I hate, but I could do it). We record ahead, so I’m worried our content in the coming weeks is going to miss the mark (spring break plans chat, anyone? LOLLLZ). But some of it will still be valuable. AND it’s a great time for podcasts, in general!
Here are a few of my favorite recent resources/posts related to our current situation:
30+ Healthy Pantry Recipes Love and Lemons
Suddenly Homeschooling? A Healthy Slice of Life
Handling Chaos series from The Life Coach School Podcast. I have been really impressed with these episodes. She is releasing them daily and while being an ‘official’ member of her tribe is pricey, these are entirely free.
Bonus podcast episode from Happier
Laura’s Adventures in Homeschooling
6. Wow, you seem calm. NO, I am not. But I am going to try to be, starting now. I took last week to wallow, grieve, and flail. But I have told myself today is day one of Calm Action mode. I have confidence we will get through this. We will learn from it. I hope my children look back on this time thinking about how it brought us closer as a family than any one week trip out of state would (though I am so sad not to be meeting my squishy beautiful baby NIECE OMGGG. She already knows my voice from FaceTime though!).
7. More tomorrow. I will continue to document life here (in my case, this is pretty normal!) but maybe a few more details. Like Quarantine Quisine for any pantry-based cooking projects (I’m a little proud of that alliterative touch there!!).
Some pix . . . #liferightnow. The first two are from their afternoon “kids exercise video” time and the last 2 are Annabel’s adjustments to our usual white board system 🙂