Changing planners, for me, was a good move.
You know all of those color coded schedules? (Or even the analog version I posted)?
They are great, and to some extent helpful, when they are realistic. But . . . THEY ARE ONLY SHOWING THE KIDS’ ACTIVITIES. What about US, the adults? Especially the parents! We have to help the kids but also do our jobs and theoretically stay calm and sane throughout this whole ordeal.
It is definitely a sign of the times that I haven’t seen any non-kid-focused schedule go viral yet. But I needed to create one.
Thankfully, my COVID-19-era planner has a page designed for just that. Whew.
Writing this out did make me feel better. It also woke me up to the fact that I will not be able to homeschool and do my job. Cannot. Will not. Should not.
Starting March 30, the kids are going to have resources posted online by our school system. I think they may even have some video “classes” with their regular teachers. And our nanny is going to have to help them access those resources and classes. I have confidence in her ability to do this (and yes, G will likely get screen time while she gets them started). If I am home/available/not seeing a telemedicine patent at the time, I can help them get started. But then they will have to work independently. I will spend some time daily reading with C and discussing with them what they accomplished in their virtual classrooms.
But I will not be standing over them for hours playing cruise director for some elaborate educational experience. I have confidence that this will be okay.
In other news . . . thus far, the kids are taking this extremely well. They are happy not to have to wake up early for school. They are happy that daddy is home more (he still has to work, but no elective cases means his load is lighter). They are happy to have extra outside time. They are generally just . . . happy.
Annabel misses her two best friends, but enjoyed writing them letters (and we’ll let her Skype with them at some point too). I am sure at some point the novelty will wear off, but for now things are good. They have been going to bed later and later, though. Last night: G @ 8:45, A @ 9:10, C @ 9:20. In some ways, this is good (they sleep in a bit, giving me more precious morning time!). In other ways, it is bad because it encroaches on our kid-free time in the evening.
Few pix . . .
That last one is me trying on some jeans from Madewell which are being returned (along with most of the rest of the haul). I like the high-ish waist BUT I felt like the rise was too long esp on the bottom part. And this was in petite sizing. #O%*$ ONLINE SHOPPING IS SO HARD.
(I did keep the rust-colored tee though! I love it.)
Okay! BB Yoga time. I’m almost done with 21DF week one! LOVE having that structure to cling to.
PS: The kids didn’t watch Sound of Music last night – Josh had them watch The Sword and the Stone instead. If we do have them watch SoM I definitely agree with 2 (if not 3!) sessions!! They don’t seem to be terribly disturbed by movie content (though Annabel has been known to jump ship if the movie gets too dark) but at the same time appreciate that in that movie it might hit closer to home, since it’s a family/kids facing some of the stress. I will let you all know if we watch it!