These are new and challenging times for all of us, Mama. None of us knows quite what we are doing. But we did some quick research for you and rounded up some essentials to help you navigate this crisis.
Homeschooling is hard.
We didn’t sign up for this. But here are some useful tools we think will help to make this daunting task a little easier.
Visual Timer- Most kids don't have a clear concept of time like we do, so setting boundaries for how long they have to do something eases their restlessness and helps them to be more willing to do something. A visual timer is great for quick school work breaks, quiet play time, math skills practice, or any time you need them to do something independently (while you get something done!).
Headphones- Like these for you (so your kiddos don’t hear your co-workers cussing on conference calls. And ones like these for them (so they don’t get distracted with the chaos of your house while working on their online lessons).
Dry erase board w/ markers - Every homeschooling website we visited suggested picking up a dry erase board like this one for help providing visual explanations of your kiddos lessons.
Too Exhausted to Cook? Us Too.
Mom + Employee + Teacher. Who has time to be a Chef too? Here are some easy Crockpot Meals to make your day a little easier.
This Minestrone Soup is warm and cozy but still has those Springtime vibes.
And these Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos are AH-MAZING. Usually we’d cut down on the honey but...it’s a pandemic.
This 5 Ingredient White Chicken Chili is easy to make and not as heavy as a typical chili.
Take a Mid Day Break.
Well, not a break, but keep them occupied so you can make lunch in peace with one of these cute activities.
Pete the Cat Stories - James Dean, author and illustrator of the "Pete the Cat" series, is reading and drawing every weekday on his Instagram account at 12 p.m. EST. He's dubbed the sessions the "Pete the Cat Club."
Lunch Doodles with Mo- Celebrated children's book author and illustrator Mo Willems recently announced he'll be hosting free virtual "Lunch Doodle" sessions for children every day at 1 p.m. ET on the Kennedy Center's YouTube channel.
Stay Social(ly distant) with Family & Friends.
The internet is a wonderful thing. Stay connected with your loved ones using some of these apps!
House party is an app that allows you to chat and play games with up to 8 friends.
Netflix Party Google Chrome extension allows a group of friends to tune into Netflix together, synchronizing play and allowing users to chat together.
Airtime, from Napster’s Sean Parker, allows users to do the same with YouTube videos and a number of television series, just with a video-chat functionality added in.
There’s No Shame in Our Drinking Game.
The only silver lining to this crisis? Delivery booze in Kentucky. Here’s a list of a few local spots still delivering alcohol.
Village Anchor - Support this LOCAL favorite. Order here for curbside food & booze pick up.
Le Moo - Treat yo self to beer, wine and a mouth watering meal delivered straight to your door.
Don’t forget about you.
Schedule breaks throughout the day so you know you’ll have time to check in with yourself. A Fit4Mom Lou Virtual Workout, quiet time for them, an earlier bedtime wouldn't hurt either (they won't even notice after a couple of days). You need to do what you can to get through this. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Remember that none of us have done this before. Remember that you are not their teacher. Remember that you are not expected to do it all. Remember that we are all just doing the best we can. Remember that you are enough.