Distance Learning

Distance learning and eating banana bread.

Isn’t it crazy how quickly our lives can change? Now that we’re in the midst of the pandemic, it’s hard to picture just months ago we were going out to restaurants, seeing concerts, dropping our kids off at school. Actually, the weekend we found out about school being closed indefinitely, we were visiting family in Tennessee. The trip was already planned, we hadn’t seen them in a while, so we kept it booked. Little did I know how quickly things would change. Since coming home from that trip on March 14th, we’ve been pretty much at home. The kids haven’t set foot inside a store since we were away that weekend, so just about two months. I’ve only been in the store a couple times right after it happened, otherwise everything I do is pickup now. Gosh, what I would do to go back and be able to roam Target, kid-free, while I sip on my Starbucks coffee. I’m honestly surprised Target hasn’t gone out of business with me not going on my (almost) weekly visits. 🙂

No Starbucks for me, coffee at home while online grocery shopping

The main reason why we were able to move away from family and friends is because I was going to be a stay at home mom. No longer would we need the two incomes that we needed in California. Being a stay at home mom is something I always wanted to do, even before our kids arrived. The naivete of being able to afford a lifestyle in one of the most expensive states was something that didn’t cross my mind. For both of my children’s lives, they’ve only known me as a full-time working mom and although I think that’s super important, I needed and craved more time with my children.

Pre-pandemic, I was able to help out at the kiddos school, go on field trips with them, help with homework and just get to hang out with them more than I ever got to while working full time. Now with the pandemic, I’ve also become their teacher and took on the role of distance learning with them. In the beginning, it was very challenging (and some days, it still is). We were all trying to figure out this routine, in addition to Chris working from home as well (at a brand new job for him, no less). There were tears, yelling and lots of junk food. Now Chris is back in the office and we finally have a distance learning routine. We get school started about 9 am everyday and usually end around 11 am. Some days, the kids have Google Meets with their teachers which is great to have some semblance of normalcy. Other days, our lessons are homemade science projects, learning measurements (cooking banana bread is always on rotation) and lots of outdoor play. Thank goodness for our beautiful backyard!

Lots of outdoor walks have been great for our mental health

How is everyone else managing with virtual learning? I must admit, my biggest fear is the effects on my children’s mental health. I am trying to do all that I can to make this a fun time, while my husband and I are concerned for what the future brings. Xoxo

Nicole

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