Updated: Apr 8, 2020
Alright, friends - how are we holding up?
I currently get a full-bodied shiver of anxiety anytime a notification pops up from our school district. Parents, please tell me you are just as confused as I am.
In just one week, I have realized just how much we expect of our kids and how bad I am with technology. I am officially the parent that has been outsmarted by their child, and I cannot tell you just how good it feels to not care about it anymore! I do not want to learn another thing about how to "logging in" and I have no brain space to remember another password. It's to a point where we now jokingly refer to our oldest as "Tech Support" because he is in charge of handling anything technology related.
Don't even get me started on Google Classroom! It's a gift straight from hell that the creators of Google designed, and I am revolting against it like George Washington at the Seige for Yorktown! I've got zero time for it even though I ironically had to "Google" that reference.
Want to know what our Homeschool classes have been?
Music Class: Tom Petty Radio on Sirius XM
Physical Education: Riding Bikes, Going for Walks, Yoga, "Dad Gym," where they practice MMA drills and boxing.
Art: Painting, Lego, Sidewalk Chalk. We've caught several neighbors walking by and taking pictures of our chalk art, and it makes my kids so proud! I love just to set supplies out and see what they make on their own. Yesterday the twins designed two incredible Arctic Tundra Habitats out of used Amazon boxes - without my help! My youngest is already putting in requests for a dinosaur diorama! #DINOrama
General Subjects: Per usual, my go-to's as always for kids 2-13, is Reading Eggs and Math Seeds. I recently learned about BrainPOP, from my friend and teacher, Trishia and my kids are enjoying it a ton. They have a great lesson on COVID-19 and got down to the facts in a kid-friendly way. I was very impressed with it and even learned something, - which let's face it, that's a welcome reprieve from all the News media fear-mongering and opinion.
But my favorite class or lesson is the lesson of BOREDOM.
Boredom is such a good thing.
I know, I know, you don't want to hear that right now, I didn't either. But it is true—especially when it comes to our kids! When kids are bored, we find out what they are interested in and where their natural skillsets lie. It's a cool thing to notice and to be able to encourage my kids in that way. Between the three of them, I have a rising chef, a food critic, a music producer, and some strong contenders for attornies or politicians! These kids are incredible and so incredibly different. Having this much time with them at these ages has been rewarding as a parent. I say that not to sound like it's been all roses and sunshine, but to tell you that when you take the focus off of what the World says is right, - and focus it just on being present and with your people, you begin to realize that this time in quarantine is a straight-up gift from the Universe.
Like our kids, we, too, do what comes naturally to us in times of boredom. For some, it might be binge-watching shows on Netflix, or finally reading all those books you've been hoarding - but for others, like myself, all boredom does is allow me to overthink things I can't control, put off working out and veer from my diet.
Last night as I watched the evening news to get the latest Corona Virus update which shoveling ice-cream in my mouth I was reminded by one of the medical correspondents that Mental Health is going to be the second killer during this Covid-19 Pandemic.
The amount of times I have had to redirect my thoughts these past few weeks is a bit embarrassing, but the fact that I am redirecting is progress - and I choose to focus on that. I hope you give yourself the same grace during these crazy times.
If you find yourself under psychological stress at this time, there's a big chance it is being brought on by boredom.
Right now is an excellent opportunity to do all those things you said you were going to do instead of making excuses for them. (I'm off to get my workout in after I post this - and have plans to meal prep after.) We have nothing but time right now, and it's up to us to make those moments matter.
With the time I have had to sit in my office, I've forced myself to check some things off my to-do list as well, and I couldn't be more excited about it. (Hello, new website!) But, the one-step I am taking to "make the moments matter" is launching an Online Book Club! Starting April 7th at 11 am, I will be going LIVE on Have The Conversation Instagram to discuss Nir Eyal's best selling book: Indistractable.
The Online Book Club will be a seven-week series with a #HTCcontributor joining me every week to discuss the various sections of Indistractable. This book has changed the way I operate not only in my business and blogging ventures, but my personal life as well. Indistractable is all about controlling your attention and choosing your life. It is excellent for those that struggle with focus as I do. There is no better time to be working through this book than right now when the distractions are high!
Wishing you all the health, happiness, and forward motion I can muster.