A single mom just shared a thought on how to deal with her kiddos with North Texas counties going into a “shelter-in-place (SIP)” status.
When her munchkins asked why they weren’t going back to their usual classrooms and there weren’t many cars on the road, she admitted that this question was worse than dealing with the birds and the bees.
Somehow she channeled to better days and told her youngsters to think about Christmas Day, when things close down and we can settle back in homes.
She added, “How lucky we are that this time is going to last longer so we can be together!”
The mom then started asking her kids to create a “Get Up and Get Doing” schedule of what they would like do in their home for the next 30 days with one task a day.
After the kids provided their lists, they posted them on their frig. The POA was that as each task was achieved, it earned a check mark.
If you don’t have kids, you can create a “Get Up and Get Doing” list for yourself to post on your refrigerator. Perhaps it’s writing a thank-you note, taking the pooch for a long walk, digging up the weeds in the yard, learning 10 new words in a foreign language, creating a family tree, etc. Creativity will alleviate the anxiety and boredom of SIP normal.
MySweetCharity will be providing projects and ideas for that mom and others on how to fill the time and minds during the SIP. Some you might like, others you’ll blow off.
In the meantime, relieve our children from media coverage whether it’s social, cable or peer. Their childhood doesn’t need to be bothered unnecessarily by today’s stress.