Day 3 of social distancing with my two lovely angels. I knew today would be the hardest so far – novelty of being home is wearing off, anxiety of what the heck is going to happen is starting to peak, taking frequent inventories of what we’ve got food-wise and considering how long things will last us in the event that grocery stores aren’t stocked/open.
Being home with my children for long stretches of unstructured time is the most anxiety-producing part of parenting for me especially when we have no idea how long this is going to last. With some states cancelling school for the remainder of the year, I’m really starting to spiral. I’m trying to remind myself that this is a marathon and not a sprint and while I’ve not stuck with a perfect color-coded schedule (I knew I wouldn’t) we have gotten some good habits in place for the first three days (mainly around no show watching until 3pm or later). And really all of the things I’m worried about also include things for which I should be grateful – we are all healthy, we have space in our house to separate, we have a big backyard, we have resources to keep “learning” going, James and I both have jobs that are still paying us for the time being, and we have cabinets and refrigerators and freezers with plenty of food.
Today I’m grateful for a run around the neighborhood by myself while listening to Pod Save the People, a family walk before lunch, watching my youngest work so hard at drawing Mo Willems characters, and watching my oldest read independently. I’ll focus on those when I step away from my laptop in a few minutes to break up the 784371084738176 fight of the day.
Deep breaths, y’all. We will be okay.