My Normal During a Quarantine

An empty roll of toilet paper

At this point we are officially one week into our quarantine for my son and I, my husband still has to go into work. The nice thing is he and I seem to have found a very nice routine. I wouldn’t call it a schedule because I do not have specific times that we do things but we have certain things that we do each day.  We are up usually between 6-630 and that is Jackson’s doing not mine, I would not mind sleeping in a little bit. Then we have some breakfast and relax a little bit so that we can ease into our day. Then we start our school work, I do not do any more than 30 minutes of school work at a time with him. During this school work time he’s working on everything from his numbers, to his letters, to writing his name and knowing how to spell it (sometimes he does this dressed as a ninja or a knight!).  Next up is some free play or time to watch some TV, he gets to pick what he wants to do during this time. While he is having his free time I sit down and I do a little work, usually this is about an hour to an hour-and-a-half to plug through some stuff.  

After our free time we move onto exercise time!  We have done dancing, yoga and bike rides for our “gym” time.   Our daycare actually told us about cosmic yoga on YouTube which is a yoga for kids and one of the cool things that she does is takes kids movies and you act out the movie through yoga which is pretty neat.  Making sure we have “gym” time is in all honesty really good for both Jackson and I to keep us moving and active because it’s really easy when you’re at home to just kind of sit and not be active. Once “gym” is over we move onto lunch and then from lunch we go to nap time. 

While Jackson is napping I take that time to sit down and do some more work and usually the dishes after lunch to make sure that that’s all cleaned up and we’re ready for dinner. After nap we do a craft of some sort whether it’s art or he built a birdhouse with his dad in the evening the one night and we usually do about another 15 to 30 minutes worth of school work in the evening as well.  After that last bit of school work and his art it’s free time! One of the things that I made sure I did this past weekend was make sure that the weekend was a weekend ad we did not adhere to the routine we had during the week. On a normal week when we’re not quarantined weekends are really for us to kind of do our fun stuff and hang out and not that we don’t do any schoolwork ever but it’s not structured.  I want him to still be able to have his downtime so Saturday and Sunday were not structured. He got to play, watch TV, hang out with us and he helped us paint our kitchen. The point of making sure that we keep our weekend separate is really for his sanity and mine.   

Jackson’s and my days are by no means perfect but we have a pretty good rhythm going and I know that keeping him on a routine is what’s best for him.  Eventually we will all come out of this on the other side and he will have to be able to transition back into school and if I have him home just kind of willy-nilly doing whatever, whenever and not focusing on the things we need to focus on then he’s going to struggle with that transition back and I want to make sure I have set him up for success not failure.  I’m very grateful to our daycare The Early Learning Center here in York because they have been providing lots of resources to us as parents for different things that we can do with our children while we have them here at home whether it’s educational or the live Zoo feeds and I appreciate it so much. They also created a private group for the families from our daycare to share pictures and stay connected.  It is nice because these are people that you’re used to seeing every day at least in some capacity even if it’s just a quick hi in the hallway while you’re dropping off or picking up your children and it’s nice to have that connection. I am very much an extroverted person and so I did have some concerns about having to be at home and cut off from socializing. However, the beauty of technology is in this day and age we have all types of different video chatting capabilities so you can maintain connections.  I am also very lucky that my husband and son are really great company.  

All I can say to everybody is during this time is to try to stay positive and maintain your health both physically and mentally.  Eventually we will come out on the backside of this and find our new normal.

MaryRose Ritter

Photo by Jasmin Sessler on Unsplash

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