I tried yesterday, I really did. We went outside, though for not nearly as long as I would have liked. I held out until 12 pm (when I was scheduled to co-host our Patreon session) before letting the kids onto screens. Our neighbor friends came over at one point, which was great! Annabel finished most of her math homework and Cameron did his project. Thanks to him, I now know more about saber-toothed cats than I did before!
BUT (and?) I also wallowed and escaped into my phone and let G watch several hours of YouTube (she is into A for Adley and while I can’t see the appeal apparently I’m an outlier because this kid makes MILLIONS yearly). I did not work out. I ate some extra chocolate that was entirely unnecessary. I pouted, mostly to myself.
Today school is closed again. However, I’m ready to move on from yesterday’s attitude. No more crappy coping mechanisms. I am going to get my (?treadmill) workout in and some strength. I am going to talk to G about what she likes so much about watching other kids play on YouTube and try to figure out some alternative activities for at least most of today! AAAAND I will monitor my own screen time and apparent compulsion to check my phone every 30 seconds while under stress.
PS: Thankfully Nicole seems to be more tropical storm than hurricane and it’s been fine here. Hopefully true for our neighbors to the north (in FL and above) as well!