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8 Lessons Learned During “Stay At Home” Online School

8 Lessons Learned During “Stay At Home” Online School

April 17, 2020 They say it takes 21 days to cultivate a habit. We are at the end of week five or 35 days into online learning from the stay at home order. At the beginning of the order, I had no idea how this…

How 24/7 Parenting During The “Stay At Home” Order Has Changed

How 24/7 Parenting During The “Stay At Home” Order Has Changed

April 16, 2020 Parenting Win: we made it over a month at home with out one of my kids saying I was mean and my yelling is starting to escalate. This is a major life change we’ve all gone through and I’ve been managing my…

The “Stay At Home” Order Altered My Kids’ Default Settings

The “Stay At Home” Order Altered My Kids’ Default Settings

April 10, 2020

On weekends prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, my kids would wake up in the morning and immediately ask what time they would be getting their devices that day.

Their sole focus would be on electronics and video games. If we had something to do or had to go to a siblings sporting event they would ask if they could bring their kindles. Their lives revolved around when they would be allowed to veg out for the day.

I would have to force them to get outside and play. Even on the coldest days, I would urge them to get out board games, art projects or read. They worked hard during the school week and this was their downtime. Even I saw it was becoming a problem.

While we’ve been quarantined to our home, there is a silver lining to this all. They are making sure we get outside multiple times a day. Both the kids and I realize they need at least two hours of outdoor activity to function properly throughout the day.

The vitamin D and fresh air changes their mood significantly and I have the patience to deal with them on an even keeled level.

Most summer, I attempt to come up with a plan to decrease the amount of electronic usage and by July I’ve fallen short. This summer, I have a feeling will play out quite differently. I see a merge happening between my plugged in kids with the 80’s summers I used to enjoy.

They have become more self-sufficient in finding unplugged activities to do because even though we are home it doesn’t mean they can be on electronics all day long. In fact, they have stricter rules now then when they were at school.

Their default settings are changing away from picking up a device immediately. First, they head outside and see what part of the driveway they haven’t chalked yet. Then promptly fight over who gets to use the hover board first. I’ll take that argument any day over who gets the Nintendo Switch first.

Has the “stay at home” order changed your mentality?

How The Cleanliness Of My House Changed When We Were Quarantined

How The Cleanliness Of My House Changed When We Were Quarantined

April 7, 2020 By nature, I’m a pretty tidy person. After applying the KonMari method and adapting Minimalist principles to my home, clutter is rarely an issue. During this quarantine, I’ve begun to finally add an additional layer to all this. Actually being clean. Our…

How We As Parents Are Coping Through The “Stay At Home” Order

How We As Parents Are Coping Through The “Stay At Home” Order

April 6, 2020 Some days are good and some are not so good. Let’s be honest. When school started in August, we didn’t think we would be homeschooling our kids three quarters of the way through the year. So how do we go from having…