My Role in helping to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
During these unprecedented times of covid-19/coronavirus outbreak, here is what I am doing to help contain the spread. I want to do my part in helping this world to stop the spread of this virus.
I am talking from the perspective of a mom, of someone who has the luxury to work from home. The government here in the state of Washington, USA, has ordered all private and public K-12 schools to be closed till April 24th, 2020. I feel it is now the duty of us, the public, to do our part in preventing the spread of Covid-19.
I am staying back home and keeping my kids home. Our family is practicing social distancing. This is not easy, especially with kids, but it is of paramount importance at this point in time.
With schools closed and offices being flexible to allow working from home, if we do not respect social distancing , the entire purpose of the govenrment implementing quarantining measures will be defeated. By not taking social distancing and quarantining seriously, we might be setting ourselves up for a longer quarantining period.
Here is how, we as a family, are practicing – social distancing and quarantining
- One adult in the family is running the necessary errands like grocery shopping and anything else that is essential.
- We do not take the kids into the store.
- The person who steps out to run these errands comes back and takes a shower.
- We have kept a pair of outside clothes and use only that when we go out to run the errands. This pair of clothes is kept separate from the other clothes and goes into wash during the week end. That way, we are not overloading the laundry and also we are making sure we are keeping the outside and inside clothes separate.
- I am also trying to make the best use of the time that we are getting with kids now. We have talked about a set routine that we plan to stick to. We have made a schedule that we think works best for our family.
- Waking up at the regular time (like when they have school) and finishing shower and breakfast.
- Spending time on their school work and trying their best to maintain a normal routine is actually better and much easier, as it will avoid a lot anxiety both for kids and the adults too.
- If their school is providing online learning it is great, otherwise parents will have to figure out a schedule that fits best for their kids.
- I believe it is impossible for us to replace traditional school and that is fine because we do not have much choice now. Also, after talking to a couple of homeschooling moms, I feel kids (middle and high schoolers) can finish all their school related work in 2 or 3 hours. Therefore, expecting them to be busy for 6 to 7 hours, like a regular school day, does not make sense:)
In my opinion, it is OK for kids to be bored sometimes. Unstructured time will give them an opportunity to become more creative 🙂
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Here are some indoor activities I plan to do that might potentially help my kids.
I have a high schooler and a child in elementary school.
- Depending on their age, have them help or have them cook a couple meals a week, while making sure they keep themselves safe in the kitchen.
- Older Kids (middle and high schoolers) can started doing their own laundry, if they have still not started 🙂
- Doing dishes/loading dishwasher.
- Cleaning up and organizing their rooms/spaces.
- Help cleaning up the yard.
- Do some gardening.
- Keep aside some time for reading, workbooks, music, puzzles, lego, magazines and board games.
- Writing a journal towards the end of the day.
Below are some of the resources I plan to use to help keep my kids occupied academically:
List of good history documentaries on Netflix:
List of websites to learn languages:
List of books:
Spectrum work books. Can be ordered on Amazon
Scholastic Series: Can be ordered on Amazon
BrainQuest: Also can be found on Amazon
Author: Anonymous mom who lives in the Seattle area in Washington, USA.
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Disclaimer: Please use your own judgement while using this content. These are the ideas of a mom who is trying her best to navigate this uncharted territory, during these times of covid-19 outbreak.