Can we just all agree that 2020 has been the weirdest year?? And while there is enough buzz around COVID-19 already, I did want to take the time to say "hey. how are you?" to all those parents out there. Many of you are suddenly working from home and also somehow "accidentally homeschooling" your kids. And even if that's not the case, you are trying your best to navigate through the unanticipated-levels of fear, discomfort and stress that has swept over your family--the entire world-- seemingly overnight.
The corona virus isn't a joke anymore-- at least, not where I'm living in Spokane, WA--- and it surely isn't a joke to you at home.
But I would also like to encourage you that this is a time that we perhaps, as a nation, desperately needed. In America, we think, work, breath, love and live FAST. It is likely the reason why things are so advanced here, but it's also perhaps the breeding ground for a virus that's been here a lot longer than COVID-19...
All across the world, regardless of status, skin color or worldview, people are now forced to slow down and be present, as the things that used to pull us away from the home and distract us from what's truly important, are no longer permitted.
May this time become a landmark in human history, where we are humbled by our privilege and deeply appreciate, acknowledge and understand the magnitude of a handshake, a hug, a roll of toilet paper, a bag of flour; of attending church, of our children's educations and their educators, of our nurses and doctors, of stocked shelves and hand sanitizers.
We are a nation of plenty, and this goes beyond America and material things. We have plenty, because we have family, love, presence. We have plenty because we have Jesus.
And it's about time we recognize how far we've drifted from those things most important.
If you know me personally, you know that I've spent a lot of time around kids-- and that I went back to school so I could know how to advocate for kids in crisis. While I am not a mama yet-- and I do not write this as if I am an expert on anything--- I do have a certain level of experience (10+ years) and an inherent love for kids that has lead me to research various topics surrounding childhood on my own (development, curriculum, disorders, trauma, etc.).
And it would tear me up inside if I didn't give all that I have to you because I was scared I was unqualified. If this helps one Mama out there who is feeling anxious, angry or helpless during this time, my time has been well-spent and I am so grateful for the opportunity. So now that my rant has ended and it's about time to wrap this little sucker up, here we go...
Here is the list of FREE things to do when you're stuck inside with a kiddo:
*there is ALOT more out there, by the way. These are just my favorites :)
Outside Fun Activities
Still don't feel good about this whole thing? I have a "Nanny Life" Pinterest board that is FILLED with crafts and educational tools to help inspire you :) As a nanny to an imaginative and super smart little girl, I use these ideas ALL THE TIME.
Creative Ways to show your support for your community:
Wash your hands.
Read "The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America -- 15 Days to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus" here.
You can still order take out! (as of 3/20/2020)
Donate blood if you are healthy.
Support Hourly workers affected by time lost because of COVID-19
Buy from Etsy creators
Do not cancel reservations, reschedule.
Consider donating money to local businesses.
Focus on what you can do, not what you can't.
We have an opportunity to slow down, rethink our priorities and spend time with our families. This is a time to be intentional, call our loved ones, be kinder to our planet, stay home, and yeah, ok, wash your hands.
We're gonna be alright.
graphic from timandlaurenmyers.blogspot.com