Here's how I'm handling today.
- Created a huge wipe board with our meetings, so the kids can easily tell when a good time to interrupt would be. (M & I can already see that, as we have access to each other's work calendars.)
- Created a schedule for the kids for today. It includes:
- Soccer drills in the yard (their club sent a workout schedule & log, which I'm grateful for)
- Reading blocks
- Chore time
- Math worksheets
- Spanish practice
- A running workout
- Making Nick's birthday cake
Working from home for a single day with the kids is possible. . . doing it for an extended period of time will present many challenges. Nothing will get enough of our attention. But, we will make it happen.
M is also signing up to volunteer for a huge effort at work with the virus. I've signed up for our neighborhood alias to help with delivery, donations, and supporting a gift certificate purchase effort for our local shops that will fail quickly without support (all are required to close). Helping our neighbors is really important right now.
And, for my mental health, I'm accepting less meetings than usual, and will somehow try to find time today for:
- a five minute journal exercise
- Walks around the block (it's pouring buckets, so jackets & umbrellas required)
- an actual lunch break (no eating on calls)
- Hugs with the kids
I've been blessed that the kids have been really close for the past 12 years. Minimal bickering. Over the last couple of months, all of that has changed, and the boys are in a growing pains phase of Sam thinking he's too cool for Nick, and Nick being devastated. Really wish this phase could have held off for a few more months. :-(
We will get there! Meals are prepped for this evening, easy lunch options are available. I purchased my favorite sparkling water as a lunch time treat!
What about you? How are you prepping for the week ahead?