Staying at home: week 1

Art…there must always be art 😉

28th March 2020

On Tuesday we pulled our two eldest out of school. My husbands bible college put a pause on lectures and classes while they scramble to organise online lectures for next week. And we commenced our social isolation, along with most of the country, trying to stay at home as much as possible – the five of us – in our two bedroom home.

So how did it go?

The first three days were tense. Feelings of confusion, uncertainty, shock and worry dominated the landscape of our home. All of us, even the littlest, were out of sorts, not quite ourselves. We were cranky, there were many, many little fights and arguments, usually over nothing. We found we were so much more tired than normal.

Then, on Thursday the climate on our home changed. Things calmed. We began to establish our new routine, our new normal:

Music practice; a morning walk with one parent; an hour of “compulsory school” which mainly consisted of maths; recess/fitness/outdoor play break; hour or so of “free choice school” which is a hands on activity around the kids personal interests e.g. art, history, STEM activity; lunch; read out loud to Mum or Dad time; silent reading time or movie; then arvo tea and outdoor play with “free-choice iPAD” time up our sleeve to get us through to dinner!

And by last night, some smiles and some laughter had returned.

This is not going to be easy, by any stretch of the imagination. But we will take things easy. We will learn to give each other more grace and kindness than perhaps we have ever had to before. We will take one day at a time, remembering what Jesus teaches us:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body or what you will wear? Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?….

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its ownMatthew 7:25-27, 33-34

The flexible “timetable” which we basically ignored!
Art lesson which was destroyed
Toddler who was woken early from his nap due to a physical incident between his older siblings…lets just say someone scratched someone else on the neck because…well I don’t know why exactly…just because cooped up and frustrated I guess!
Sworkit fitness break worked quite well
Hot glue gun and stuff from our “useful box” was a hit
Master 7 has enjoyed indulging his emerging interest in electronics and mechanics buy pulling broken toys apart to see how they work
Our coffee filter and food colouring art turned out well and there was only a small amount of food colouring spilt on the carpet!

Take care everyone! Comment below with reflections on your week and please share what’s working for you at the moment!

2 thoughts on “Staying at home: week 1”

  1. Well done! Isolating with young children is among the more difficult things at this time, so you have got on top of it well. Having a program seems very sensible (says he who hasn’t any young children any more!). I think the other challenges are (1) getting out safely in busy shopping centres to buy necessary food (we have started wearing masks and gloves) and (2) finding other ways to keep contact with friends and relatives (the internet and video conferencing software are our friends). All the very best for the next few weeks/months.

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