Something hit me today, as I looked ahead to see how I could manage things under our new circumstances. I dig change! Not everyone does, and that’s okay. But as moms, we’ve already been trained to roll with the punches.
So I see an opportunity to have some fun! Try something new and look for some lessons God has for me in this time of change. What can I learn from the circumstances He’s put me in?
Question for you. Are you trying to fit learning into your quarantine or are you treating it like an extended spring break? (There’s not right or wrong answer here.)
For my family, we aren’t located in a school zone that I don’t consider an option for us. We are very unsure about where to place our kiddo as he begins his elementary education. Personally, I don’t feel equipped to homeschool, but maybe God is trying to show me different OR trying to show my husband that, in fact, that is NOT an option.
And because my boy is one of the youngest in his class, some think we should let him repeat kindergarten. But I don’t want that for him, and I’m willing to work hard with him in these early years to help him avoid spending his 18th year in high school. So we’re gonna fit in some learning using scholastic.com/learnathome and the encouragement from my friend and home school mama, “learning doesn’t have to be structured like school. it’s why homeschoolers love it. there is freedom! let your kids have fun learning!”1 (Thanks for that, Alison. I do think the average mom needs this reminder!)
But the transparent truth is, we started off the morning in bed to finally watch Frozen II together. I’m pretty sure @disney released it early for our entertainment during this quarantine, and we aren’t complaining!!
So how will we react to this crisis? Don’t you agree that how we respond will teach our kids a lot about how to handle crisis? I want my boy to look back and feel like we handled it with grace, like we made a seamless transition, but recognize that we handled our responsibilities too. As another friend said, “I hope it affects the way they parent in the future.”2
Mamas, it is our time to shine! Don’t let fear or overwhelm take over your family. Be an example! Be a leader! We’re already familiar with crisis. Momming has trained us for this with very unexpected step of motherhood.
If you begin to feel the overwhelm, take a minute to regain your perspective! Stop with the plans and have more fun! Throw a dance party in the kitchen with your wooden spoon mics. Have a picnic in the yard. Finger paint in the tub. Or just send the kids to a space where they can entertain themselves for a time because they don’t need you 24/7. Give them a chance to get creative or wild and messy without you. “You have your whole life to clean the mess (and so do they).”3
What activities are you planning for this time? Are they kids activities, family activities or what? Let’s help each other out by sharing our plans for each other to grab some inspiration.