When I told my son that he wouldn’t be going back to school for a while, he asked me if it was Christmas.
First, let me show my respect for this pandemic. It’s scary. One of the most terrifying things that have occurred in my lifetime. I have so much respect for the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and others on the frontline of this.
For so long, we’ve stayed busy or been on different schedules. My husband, Corlin, works late most nights, Jacob, the baby, sleeps early, and Jack, the oldest, gets tired around 7pm. The weekends are full of sports, yard work, and visiting family. We rarely spend long periods of time together. But this virus is forcing my family to spend time with each other. This is going to be a great opportunity to reconnect and truly enjoy each other without rushing to the next commitment.
Social Distancing Day in the Life
Most things will stay the same but everyday will have a highlight. Usually, it’s just the boys and me for breakfast so now daddy will finally understand why I have to mop after breakfast. Then we’ll have our nature hunts, when we walk around outside looking for insects, interesting leaves, and looking for birds in the sky. We keep a nature journal so we can keep records and small specimens.
When we come in, while lunch is being prepared, we usually read a book. Then afterwards, Jack “writes” a letter to the main character. Lunch for my toddler is pretty repetitive. Then we’ll rest or play quietly for a while, followed by racing or tag.
After dinner, we can have a family dance party or board games followed by a movie on Disney+. Tomorrow the focus will be on his favorite dinosaur toy’s birthday so we have to paint clothes on him, make a birthday card, and make a shoebox cake for the little Dino. On Sunday, we’re going to discuss clouds, make our own, and read books on clouds. Monday, the focus is soccer.
I was blessed with a fantastic family and it’s time we started embracing and appreciating our time with each other.
Baton Rouge Moms Ambassador – Melanie McHenry-LeBlanc
I’m Melanie, a transplant from New Orleans, Alexandria, VA, and Madison, MS. I have 2 littles: Jack (3) and Jacob (9months). I’m married to Corlin, my complete opposite. I used to teach biology at Delgado Community College (doctorate-Jackson state university ‘08) with some of my best friends. I haven’t worked outside the home since Jacob was born. Michelle Obama said, “you can do it all, just not all at once.” I live for exploring and having fun. If it’s a kid-friendly event/place, I’m there. I’m a kid at heart.
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