A 3-day weekend turned into a mini vacation. This sounds like a good thing, right? Not having to go to work for 5 straight days. Only working Thursday and Friday then back to the weekend. Not having to use any PTO. This would be a good thing if…I wasn’t stuck in the house with my kids. See, we got those extra days thanks to hurricane Dorian. So, not only was I off of work, they were out of school. And, not knowing what the weather would bring we couldn’t explore.
So, we were in the house.
So much togetherness.
Having lived in Florida most of my life I’m used to hurricane season. Random days of everything shutting down. Having water and storm snacks on deck. But this was different. It was longer and less eventful. We were blessed to not have any real effects of Dorian. But, that didn’t change much. The possibility of bridges closing and flash floods kept our butts inside. After day 2 it was confirmed that I was not meant for a career in education. It was like hell to keep these two entertained. I couldn’t imagine having to watch a load of other kids too. So, I had to get some type of structure to our forced staycation. Here’s how I survived being stuck in the house with my kids.
1. Create a routine
I quickly learned that winging it was not going to work. For my sanity and theirs I created a rough routine to our day. It wasn’t too rigid. More like a guideline on how to pass the time. I treated each day as if it was a Saturday at home (which is exactly what it felt like).
2. Dedicate time to academic work
I shared some of my favorite summer learning resources and they came in handy! Everyday around 10am (sometimes 10:30 again, guidelines…grace) both boys did work in their workbooks from Dollar Tree.
3. Have nap time
Obvi! I’ve already expressed in a previous post how naptime is the best time of the day. And for these days…it was a must!
4. Have games on deck
The Xbox was a hit. In the afternoon we played. We are not a gaming family. But, we do have an old Xbox with some (old) games. To a 6 and 3-year-old they are the coolest things we have. We took turns beating each other up on WWE (I was The Rock, of course) and had a blast doing it. Our other go to is Uno. An oldie but goodie. The beauty of this game is it doubles as a math lesson. Fun for everyone.
5. Enjoy the time
This one is for me. I get so annoyed and aggravated at times that I find myself yelling more than anything. Yes, my kids get on my nerves. I’m not ashamed to admit it. But, I also recognize that these moments won’t last forever. There will come a day when we’re stuck in the house on a hurricane day and the last thing they will want to do is play Uno with me. Gotta take the good with the bad.