School's out...for how long?
So today it has happened, schools are closing. We are all shocked by how fast this has happened and by how serious it really is. I work in schools for most of the week and I am unsure as to when I will see most of my clients again. I will continue to hold them in mind and look forward to when I can see them when this is all over. But in the meantime I wanted to do something useful, something to keep me sane and to help keep other people sane too!
What has happened with Covid-19 has meant all of our lives have been turned upside down in one way or another. The panic buying, working from home, children off school for the foreseeable future, GCSEs, SATs and A-Levels all cancelled. It’s all out of our control, we just have to take each day as it comes and perhaps this is a good thing for us as a nation. But one thing I know is that the next months will be tough for us all, particularly when we are trying to juggle so much. Parents and carers will be working from home as well as entertaining their children and manage everyone’s anxieties. (Along with making sure we’ve got enough snacks/loo roll to get through each day!)
Something I would like to do is to provide small suggestions every couple of days, health permitting, to keep the children busy, some therapeutic play ideas or perhaps just things to keep them occupied and to help keep carers and parents going!
The first thing I am going to say is routine! In our house, 2 boys, 6 and 9 (although Mr T says he is 7 since it’s nearly his birthday- May) we are very much in danger of spending all day in our PJs and me stuck with my face in my phone and the boys either fighting or glued to screens. There is always a place for screen time but not all day every day for us.
What I am going to do is make sure we are all up, dressed and have had breakfast by 9. It’s a small thing but I think it will help us all to keep that routine.
Have a go, see if it helps.