So we woke up this morning to a whole new world. School is canceled for weeks to months, everything is slowly closing down, and we have been told to stay home.
Suddenly everyone is a homeschooler, most of us are working from home, and life is so far from normal it's not even funny. It feels like we are in some movie about the world ending.
It's scary. We're scared and anxious. The kids are scared and anxious. None of us know what is going to happen tomorrow or next week or next month. Everything is in chaos.
My social media feeds are full of moms trying to create the perfect homeschool/work from the home schedule for their families to control the chaos. And I get that. I've been there. Even as a homeschooler for the last 11 years, I still try to find the perfect schedule to control life's chaos.
But let me be real with you, momma, there is no perfect schedule. Things will not go as planned, and you know what, it's OK! The kids are amazing creatures, and they will still learn even if they don't have a formal lesson for a week or a month. And even when you find that schedule, it's not going to last, and it's going to fall apart, and that's ok too.
Right now, they are learning how to weather the storm, how to get through tough times. We are their teachers, and honestly, this may be enough “school” for a few weeks.
It's ok to take a break and breathe. It's ok to curl up on the couch and watch a movie or read a book together. It's ok to play games and be silly. Math and language arts can wait!
It's ok to let the kids play and create. Stock the house with books and art supplies and fun new activities and let them be. You don't have to be the cruise director.
So here's what I would do – throw away the schedule. If you must make it more of a routine without exact times – breakfast, outside, playtime, movie, lunch, etc. No times just a flow to your day.
Second, just be. Now is a great time to let the kids explore something that interests them. Let them be creative and find a hobby they love but have never had time for. Cook together, play, go for a walk around the block, do some yoga in the backyard, have a picnic, and, most of all, love each other hard.
Give yourself some grace, momma. The kids will be fine.
The formal lessons and workbooks can wait.
Right now, the biggest lessons we can teach is how to breathe and take care of ourselves and others in this time of crisis and need.
Remember, we're all in this together, and we're here to help! We'll be sharing resources to help you, too, as the days and weeks go on. We got this!